Justice has been served: Barry Bonds, a man who took illegal drugs in order to break homerun records and was successfully convicted of Obstruction Of Justice, was sentenced to pay a $4,000 fine (roughly .02% of his 2007 salary) along with 2 years probation and 250 hours of community service. Just another example in a long line of celebrities criminals and grossly unfitting sentencing. What a joke.
I know a lot of Baseball fans out there have lost their fire when it comes to vilifying steroid users. Ryan Braun, NL MVP, got about a day’s worth of news coverage for his recent positive test, and nobody has said a word about it since. He will come back after a 50-game suspension and be welcomed, his crime chalked up to peer pressure, competitive pressure, and the culture of an era. Maybe I’m alone in this but it’s a sad day for sports when we turn a blind eye to cheating and the tainting of history, just because more than a few high profile players were busted.
Anyway, even though it’s not humanly possibly to grow 3 hat sizes in the course of an off season, Barry Bond’s was never “proven” to have taken steroids, so in the interest of maintaining innocence until proven guilt, I’ll try as hard as I can to get off the subject. The brass tacks are that this man was convicted of a crime, a crime that usually yields 15-21 months in jail. Maybe Bonds would have hit the low end of that precedent if he beat someone to death with a bat.
To be clear, a precedent means there have been enough other cases to create a standard or average amount of time in jail to give in similar situations. The fact that Bonds is walking away with no jail time and a fine figure that he could find in change under his couch is not only a slap in the face to anyone who is currently sitting in jail for the same crime, it’s a slap in the face to anyone who at any point, legitimately believed in the United States justice system. Phew.
Time goes on, trials come and go, and the fact continues to remain the same. Celebrities and high profile figures can do whatever the fuck they want, however the fuck they want, whenever the fuck they want, and walk away with a sentence that couldn’t reasonably called a fraction of what all us poor folk would face. Really encouraging. There’s one thing you can be sure of though. Something you could take solace in. Barry Bonds, with his single season homerun record and career homerun record, will spend as much time in jail as he does in the Hall Of Fame. Sorry, couldn’t resist.