…. And <i>this</i> was slow

After four-plus years, after countless leaks, rumors, misleading statements, lies, innuendo, and posturing, after all of the horsehit and hysteria; Barry Bonds was finally indicted on perjury charges. Here’s the indictment.

Page 3 of the indictment starts off with this:

9. During the criminal investigation, evidence was obtained including positive tests for the presence of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing substances for Bonds and other professional athletes.

Really? Bonds failed a drug test? Why have we never heard this before? How could that fact have been kept a secret, while virtually everything else was leaked to the press? How is that believable?

Needless to say, it is a big deal:

According to today’s indictment, in response to one question, Bonds told prosecutors that he didn’t believe that his personal trainer, Greg Anderson, had ever given him banned drugs. Anderson later pleaded guilty to steroid distribution charges in the BALCO case. Bonds’ statement was false, the grand jury that indicted Bonds today concluded.

Likewise, the grand jury said Bonds also lied when he testified that Anderson had never injected him with drugs, and when he said Anderson had never supplied him with human growth hormone.

Greg Anderson, in jail for 13 1/2 months, was released when the indictment was issued, and boy, is his lawyer pissed:

It’s infuriating, when you read the indictment. Is there anything in that indictment that wasn’t known a year ago? If that is the case, clearly, putting Greg in for a year was not only punitive, but was misleading the court in that (federal prosecutors) said his testimony was indispensable for the investigation.

All of sudden, it was, ‘I hope your year was therapeutic.’

There has to be some kind of redress for this. The whole thing is a crock of shit. He’s never said word one.

So Anderson never cracked, but they finally decided to go for it anyway.

My first reaction is that this is a travesty, and has been for years. For someone to be investigated for this long for something so unimportant is a disgrace. The amount of money spent, and the effort and time that has gone into this bald-faced attempt to dishonor and disgrace a fucking baseball player is just terrible. This is an abuse of power, a shameless personal attack of Barry Bonds.

My second reaction is, holy shit, I’m gonna get a lot of traffic. ;-)

This is not a good day for baseball, it’s not a good day for anyone involved, really. I don’t see how you could be proud to taking four years to get an indictment for something so minor. In fact, I’d say they don’t really care whether they win or not anymore. This has gone on for so long, that they couldn’t afford not to indict him. At this point, who cares what happens. At the least, they’re gonna drag his ass through the mud for as long as they possibly can, and if they convict, great, he’ll appeal; if they don’t, they can appeal. Either way, his name will be in the paper for another three or four years.

I’m gonna be on the radio tomorrow, I’m trying to get a confirmation of a 10am, PST interview with Brandon Rosage of MVN Radio. I’ll post the details as soon as I finalize everything.

UPDATE: David Pinto thinks that the test they’re referring to would seem to be part of the survey tests MLB ran in 2003. Still find it hard to believe that that information –just the single most important fact involved in the entire case– could have remained a secret, while virtually everything else wasn’t.

UPDATE: Michael McCann has a quick of the charges:

They are very serious. A grand jury has identified probable cause — meaning “more likely than not” — that Barry Bonds committed perjury and obstruction of justice. If Bonds committed those crimes, he knowingly denigrated our system of justice and those who uphold it. At best, his conduct would be characterized as brazen disregard for legal rules; at worst, an untoward combination of arrogance, deception, and guile in a setting where we demand the very opposite. However a conviction would be described, Bonds would face up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of three perjury charges, and 10 years and a $250,000 fine for an obstruction of justice charge. He would be facing serious time

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