Over at Yankees, Mets & all the rest, I found this, a post in which the guys over there agree with moi; with the added bonus of a link to a Rueters report in which Victor Conte is quoted (through his lawyer) as stating unequivocally that Bonds never did anything illegal.
“He knows of no illegal activity that ever took place with Barry Bonds,” Conte’s attorney, Robert Holley, told reporters after a courtroom appearance. “He feels that there has been a lot of rumor and innuendo that has been slandering one of the best baseball players in this country.”
Conte stood by his side, grinning and nodding slightly, but he declined to speak with reporters.
The attorney for Bonds’ trainer, Greg Anderson, said Anderson had offered the San Francisco Giants star BALCO supplements, which he did not take.
“Bonds took nothing illegal ever,” said Tony Serra. “He was offered a schedule of what was believed to be legal. Receiving the schedule, he declined to take it.”
As I’ve stated before, you won’t see this stuff on the front pages, nor will it matter to jackasses who’ve tried and convicted Bonds in their own little minds already.
That’s why there’s a code of ethics for journalists. Without some guidelines, reporters can write whatever they want, and they don’t have to prove it. Once it’s out there, for 99% of the people, it’s a fact. Retractions, apologies, nothing makes a difference anymore. Assholes like Rick Reilly have been telling millions of SI readers that Bonds is on the juice for three years now. Even a straightforward statement like this won’t make a bit of difference. That’s why these guys, Reilly and Verducci, and the other dunderheads should be ashamed of themselves.
They should lose their jobs; and the sad reality is that no one, not their editors, or even their readers don’t take the time to take them to task.