Slugger Fails Amphetamine Test
Say it ain't so. Barry Bonds has failed a drug test. Not that it should come as a surprise, but everyone expecting anadrol or deca may have been left a little disappointed. Mr. 734 tested positive for amphetamines last season, which are also on baseball's banned list.
Reports came out that Bonds told baseball officials that he took the substance from teammate Mark Sweeney's locker. Then as soon as this leaked, Bonds released a statement that he never said that, and apologized to Sweeney, the organization, fans, etc. He did not address the issue of the failed test or deny taking the substance.
With this being the first year that baseball is testing for amphetamines, the written rules dictate that a player is identified only after he fails a second test. The records only list that Bonds failed one test, so the information was apparently leaked out.
In a report in Newsday, Sweeney's agent Barry Axelrod said that Sweeney was called by the player's union during the season and informed that his name was mentioned regarding Bonds' failed drug test. Bonds then informed Sweeney that it was a 'miscommunication.' Can someone say 'stretch?' How can throwing someone under the bus be a 'miscommunication?' Apparently Sweeney is taking the high road and his agent said that he believed Bonds. But he (Bonds) has a history of doing this. His trainer, Greg Anderson, sits in jail right now because he is keeping quiet about Bonds' knowledge of the substances he gave him. During Bonds' grand jury testimony, he claimed that he did not know the substances he was using were steroids. As if he expects us to believe that he was under the impression he was rubbing on 'flaxseed oil' when it was 'the clear.'
This entire scenario has become a farce. We are talking about a player that had a world of talent before he was suspected of using performance enhancing drugs. What the public perception of him is currently may be slightly unfair, but his actions and antics have not helped matters.
He recently agreed in principal with the Giants on a contract, but it still has not been signed. Part of the negotiations is the size of Bonds' entourage he will be allowed to keep with him in the clubhouse and on the road. It almost seems like Zsa Zsa Gabor insisting on carrying around her prized poodle during breaks on the movie set, and for a stage hand to be there to hold little Fee-Fee when the director yells, "Roll 'em." This latest situation may impact the team wanting to keep being associated with Bonds. The organization and their fans have been the only ones backing the controversial player, but it remains to be seen for how long.