Barry Bonds, baseball’s career home-run leader, has been indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges for testifying in 2003 that ne never used steroids or human growth hormone. Although Bonds has never been convicted of steroid use, it is curious that in a relatively short period of time, his body bulked up from 180 to 240 pounds.
Most sports commentators think this is the end for Bonds. Jack Todd writes in the Montreal Gazette: “At the very least you would hope Bonds has made his last plate appearance in a major league uniform.. . There has been no stampede to sign Bonds who was cut loose by the San Francisco Giants when the season ended. Who needs the aggravation? For a guy who will give you 20 home runs, 70 RBIs and a wretched clubhouse, who wants to take on the circus of playing a surly, arrogant, literally fat-headed jerk who is under indictment for lying under oath? … Barry Bonds, steroid cheat, is up against the hard numbers now and the hard numbers say he’s done — even if he never has to do the hard time he deserves.”
Bill Plaschke in the Los Angeles Times: “As a surly, aging slugger, he was going to have trouble finding work this year even without the indictment. The legal questions will turn him positively radioactive. He’s done.”
Are these comments too harsh? Has Barry Bonds played his last game?
Why do you think Barry Bonds is so disliked by sports writers, fellow ball players and many of the fans despite his extraordinary athletic skills?