Charges Against Bonds 'Absurd'

New York Sun columnist calls the case a 'public relations ploy'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2007 9:41 PM CST
Barry Bonds, in happier days with the Giants.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barry Bonds undoubtedly lied through his teeth when he denied all things steroid in front of a grand jury, writes New York Sun columnist Tim Marchman, but the charges against him are nevertheless "absurd." The case hinges on proving that Bonds knowingly took the drugs and talked about it with trainer Greg Anderson. With both denying the charges, argues Marchman, that will be next to impossible to prove.

The case lacks credibility and is nothing more than a "badly conceived public relations ploy" by the Justice Department, Marchman writes, a face-saving measure aimed at an easy target. Bonds has already ruined his own reputation through his lies. Prosecutors should have been satisfied with that, Marchman says, rather than pressing ahead with this meaningless case.