A few hours ago, former MLB slugger Barry Bonds learned his fate after a long, drawn out trial for “giving misleading testimony before a grand jury”. He was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest (a 15,000 square foot estate in Beverly Hills), two years of probation, 250 hours of community service as well as a $4,000 fine for obstructing justice. However this sentence has been delayed due to the appeal that Bonds and his lawyers filed during the trial. The prosecutors wanted him to spend over a year in jail, but it looks like Bonds will be getting off nearly scot-free.
This whole situation has been under the radar in the past year or so, and it’s quite frustrating since no matter what Bonds says, it is pretty clear that he used some sort of performance enhancing drug. When he first entered the league, he was known for his combination of hitting skills and speed quickly becoming a member of the 30/30 club. Over a span of two or three seasons, Bonds physical stature changed immensely. He lost a lot of his speed, but he became one of the best power hitters in the MLB, eventually “breaking” Hank Aaron’s home run record.
Like so many players during the 90’s and early 00’s, Bonds most likely a steroid user. Even when the MLB stepped up their enforcement of players using banned substances, players found loopholes to get around the legal ramifications. One loophole that many people are unaware of is that in the testing for performance enhancing drugs, there is a certain level that players can have in their system, it is only when they break a specific threshold that they are penalized for using banned substances. There is a drug produced by BALCO that if a player takes it at night, by the time they wake up in the morning and would have to take a drug test, the limit of the performance enhancing drugs would not be breached. It’s safe to say that steroids are still widely being used by athletes in all sports, its just a fact of whether or not they are smart enough to know how much to take and when to take it.