Barry Bonds and the smirk-causing legal success

If this is the only punishment incurred by Barry Bonds for his illegal activities, he can consider himself fortunate. Today the U.S. District Court imposed a very light sentence on Barry Bonds on his charges of obstructing justice.

Judge Susan Illston agreed with recommendations in a pre-sentencing report which called for probation, community service and very light fine. The details of the sentencing, according to MLB.com, are as follows:

  • 30 days of location monitoring
  • 250 hours of youth-related community service
  • $4,000 fine
  • $100 assessment fee

The sentence is being suspended, as Bonds’ legal team has indicated they plan to appeal.

Why not just accept the sentence, because it would be an admission of guilt? This isn’t about whether he did steroids or HGH anymore, this is in regards to whether or not he obstructed the investigations.

30 days of location monitoring? I’m sure he could find time in between vacations and appearance dates to make this happen.

250 hours of youth-related community service is good, but it’s a joke. Working (and I use that term loosely) half days, Bonds could accomplish this in two months time and still have his weekends free. If Barry conducts himself the way he wants us to believe, he’s likely accumulating this amount of hours every few months anyway.

That $4000 fine has to be the worst of it. What would it take for him to pay that, a signed jersey sold to a collector? A single paid personal appearance? I’m willing to bet that Barry might spend more money than this just taking some friends or family out for a nice dinner. In fact, he might SAVE money if he paid that fine instead of having his lawyers even file the paperwork for an appeal!

One of two things needs to happen:

1 – IF HE’S INNOCENT – Barry Bonds needs to issue a statement indicating that he doesn’t wish to continue to spend the time and money in a rough economy trying to fight charges which he considers “unjust” and simply go along with the court’s sentencing. He can continue to claim to be not guilty of the charges, and he’d likely win some points in the court of public opinion by doing so

2 – IF HE’S GUILTY – Barry Bonds needs to admit to his mistakes, whether he played an active role or passive role in the events, and say that he never wished to hurt his fans, friends or family with his actions. After all those years of saying he didn’t bet on baseball, Pete Rose is being looked down upon by his detractors mostly because of the lies. I can forgive him for believing in the Cincinnati Reds enough to put his money where his mouth was, especially given that gambling is an addiction for some people, but the lies leave a bad taste in my mouth. Barry Bonds should take note of the fact that Pete Rose isn’t in the Hall Of Fame and consider how he wants to be viewed.