Barry Bonds Sentenced to House Arrest – in His Mansion
Barry Bonds has been convicted of obstruction of justice for purposely misleading grand jurors. Bonds has been investigated for eight years regarding alleged steroid use during his baseball career. His conviction was not for steroid use, but for basically lying in court and to federal investigators.
Bonds was the highest-profile defendant in the investigation of the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative, commonly known as BALCO. They were a steroids distribution ring that Bonds denies knowing about. Barry Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, pleaded guilty to steroids distribution.
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His sentence is pretty simple: two years of probation, 250 hours of community service, a $4,000 fine and thirty days of house arrest. He will be confined to his home surrounded by 15,000 square feet, six bedrooms, ten bathrooms, a personal gym and a swimming pool.
Barry Bonds has never admitted that he knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs in the past. Ultimately, he has never tested positive only because those tests did not exist in MLB while he played. Since the tests were not available during his tenure, he did not officially break any MLB rules or regulations.
He will become eligible to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013. The numbers that he achieved would normally enshrine a player in the HOF, but we all have to wonder if he will ever recover from the blemishes and bruises that he sustained, and that he caused for MLB. Time will tell.
By: Bill Ford
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