My first reaction to this is that we’ve now definitely seen the last of Barry Bonds on a baseball field, and maybe as a public sports figure period. Obviously Bonds will be in the public eye throughout his trial -- with the first hearing scheduled for Dec. 7 -- but this has the potential to be an O.J.-like situation in that regardless of the verdict, Bonds will never be involved in sports again.
As I wrote in my blog back in April, this is the kind of story that makes me sad to be involved in sports media. To quote “Sports Night”, which I did in that entry back in April:
“Any atrocity, no matter how ridiculous or hideous or childish, it doesn't matter. I make it sports. Ten cent bag man whacks a skater's leg with a crowbar, that's sports. Second round draft pick gets cranky in a Houston bar, and that's sports. And let's not forget the mother of all great sports stories: a double homicide in Brentwood.”So the same week that O.J. is sent to trial again, the federal government indicts Barry Bonds. It looks like 2008 is going to be another tough year to be a sports fan.