Anti-steroids campaign: A victory because of Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds came out on the losing end of the "Steroid Trial of the Century" on Wednesday when a federal jury convicted the "home run king" of obstruction of justice. The down-and-dirty details that emerged during the trial made for salacious headlines, notably his lack of sexual prowess. The trial may have been so humiliating, in fact, that it might be enough to dissuade athletes from using steroids. Here’s what the editorial board had to say when weighing in at the start of the trial:
[I]t's hard to imagine how any pro athlete, or any high school kid aspiring to be one, could look at Bonds' public disgrace and decide that taking steroids would be a good idea. Cheating doesn't just shrink sexual organs; it ravages reputations.
-- Alexandra Le Tellier
Photo: Former San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds arrives at the Phillip Burton Federal Building for his perjury trial as jurors resume deliberation in San Francisco on April 11, 2011. Credit: Stephen Lam / Reuters