Thursday, February 14, 2008

Asterisk Ink Darkens, As Does Bonds' Future

UPDATE 9.42P: Whoops, it's a typo! Their mistake. The federal government meant to say he failed a test in November 2000, not November 2001. Yeah, that makes it all better. Original post follows:

ESPN just broke news that Bonds failed a steroids test back in November 2001, one month after he set the single-season home run record with 73*.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds tested positive for steroids in November 2001, just a month after hitting his record 73rd home run of the season, U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday.

The allegation came in a legal filing in his steroid perjury case that referred to Bonds' long-time trainer, Greg Anderson.

"At trial, the government's evidence will show that Bonds received steroids from Anderson in the period before the November 2001 positive drug test, and that evidence raises the inference that Anderson gave Bonds the steroids that caused him to test positive in November 2001," U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello wrote.

Hey, Bud, it's awful hard to get fired up for spring training when every single MLB headline is about steroids. Way to go, shoulder-shrugging commissioner.