I have been following the Barry Bonds trial with interest.
Barry as you know is the all time Major League home run king (762 Home Runs).
On April 13 the jury convicted Barry on a single count of obstruction of
justice. There were several other charges been the jury ended up being hung on
those decisions. As it stands right now Barry most likely will not serve any
time in prison. But there is still that possibility.
The thing that bothered me about this trial is this was a total sham. Barry was set up by
a grand jury. It is not that he committed a crime of murder or for stealing. The crime is cheating because is accused of using chemicals to enhance his body then lying to a grand jury. That is usually referred to being perjury.
According to Barry, he did not knowingly use steroids.
Barry is not alone in the controversy. Roger Clemens also is faced with a trial that
will begin in July of this year. These are two superb baseball talents that
should be going to Cooperstown. Instead they may find themselves going to
Consider this. As an athlete in any sport, what is the job? It’s to perform. There is a
lot of pressure on the athlete, especially when you are getting seven figures
from the owners of the sport teams. If you don’t perform, you get benched, traded,
waived, or cut.
You have to remember that playing a sport is not the natural function of the human body.
The body was not designed to get punch, tackled, hit, or do continuous throwing
motions. If properly trained, the athlete can do most of these things and
succeed in their particular sport.
Normal enhancement would usually be done through exercise, weight training, and
special diets. Let’s look at the diets. That’s the food and drink we consume.
We eat certain kinds of foods for enhancements. For example, chicken for
protein. That is good for muscle. Sugar is good for energy. Milk has Vitamin D,
which is great for bones. For eyesight, carrots are good. Water is good for
replenishing our body fluids. Water is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen.
Hydrogen and oxygen are chemicals. To sum up this point all our foods have some
sort of chemical in them. Too much or too little could be bad for us. But
again, these could help enhance the performance.
Think for a second, Gatorade. Millions of professional and amateur athletes drink the
stuff. I do as well. It definitely does a better job than water in replenishing
the body fluids. Out of curiosity I decided to look at the ingredients of one bottle of Low Calorie orange flavored
1) Water—yup, good old fashion H2O.
2) Sucrose-table sugar, no problem there.
3) Natural Flavors- Now checking the description on this I got his from ‘Today Show’ food Editor Phil Lempert -Code of Federal Regulations is: “the essential oil,
oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any
product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring
constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable
juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material,
meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof,
whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional”
(21CFR101.22).v— (This alone is a mouthful. I didn’t know natural flavors was so complicated.)
4) Phosphates- inorganic chemical- salt of the phosphoric acid.
5) Sucralose- non-caloric sweetener.
6) Citric Acid- natural preservative.
7) Acesulfame- calorie free sweetener
8) Potassium- usually we find this salt
9) Yellow # 5- food dye
10) Red # 5- food dye
Wow, all this in low calorie Gatorade. Now I point this out, because out food are filled with different chemicals. Who could really say what long term effects on the human body are
with all these ingredients I mentioned above. Add up the other foods we are
eating, folks. As we eat, drink, and breathe we are really in essence enhancing
our bodies, usually for the good, sometimes for the bad.
Now me, I am fifty-two years old. I do drink Gatorade after my four mile runs. I also do some weight lifting and drink Muscle Milk after my workouts. I’m proud to say I in fairly decent shape. I’m not going to win Mr. Olympia, but at this stage of my life, trying to keep the weight under control is the main goal.
Let’s get back to the steroids case. You look at the athletes in their respective
sports. We see them on TV. This is for the audience (the sport fans). We love
to see our favorite athlete perform and perform well. We want to see them hit
the home run, score the touchdown, make the slap shot, and dunk the basket. If
the team wins and wins enough, we are talking championship. The Fans want to
see it if their favorite team wins. The Owners want it because it’s a big
payoff for their investment. The Media wants it for their ratings. Cities and
communities want it because it enhances their local image.
Who gets caught in the middle of this? The athlete is the answer. Here is a human who wants to do good. Depending on the sport the athlete has only a limited time to prove he’s good enough to be on the team. There is a lot of completion. If that athlete doesn’t go, then there is someone else waiting in the wings. That’s pressure.
Now should steroids be used? No. It’s a proven fact that there are serious long term health consequences that doctors have warned against. But, a court of law should not be a place to be handing down judgments against athletes. That should be done by the respective sports leagues.
I hope both Barry Bonds and Roger Clemons get favorable judgments. I would like to see guys
get into the Hall of Fame. Let’s not waste the taxpayers dollars with expensive
show trials that prove nothing and at a time when we got budget crunches we
need to deal with.
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