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Bonds on the Juice
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/7/2006 11:52:00 AM
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A new book, excerpts of which appear in this week's Sports Illustrated, describes alledged steroid use by Barry Bonds in great detail, including him taking "a steroid created to improve the muscle quality of cattle." Lots of other stuff in there, too, most of which apparently come from documents seized in the raid on BALCO headquarters.

"Depending on the substance, Bonds used the drugs in virtually every conceivable form: injecting himself with a syringe or being injected by his trainer, Greg Anderson, swallowing pills, placing drops of liquid under his tongue, and, in the case of BALCO's notorious testosterone-based cream, applying it topically."

A total shock, I know.


I will say this about Bonds - this is pretty damning evidence. I've been one hanging on, sort of hoping that there was a benign explanation there somewhere. I don't see an out for him any longer.

Posted by Erickson at 3/8/2006 1:14:00 AM
If Bonds had ever come out in the past couple of years and said something to the effect of, "hey, I'm just doing what McGwire did, and everything I did was legal* at the time I did it," I could deal with it, and I think a lot of other baseball fans would. (*I have not put together a detailed timeline of Bonds' alleged actions laid against MLB drug regulations at the time. From what I recall, anything that Bonds allegedly took from 1998 to 2001 would have been legal at the time; I am less sure of the 2002-03 seasons.)

I've spent a lot of bandwidth championing Bonds on this site over the past few years. If what's in the new book is true, however, (and note the "if" to begin that sentence), then, at best, Bonds is a liar; at worst, a liar and a cheat. Either way, I'm now sick of him.

Posted by sixsigmagus at 3/8/2006 9:25:00 AM

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