Barry Bonds Absolved of Obstruction Conviction

On Wednesday, April 22, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Barry Bonds’ conviction for obstruction of justice stemming from questionable testimony given in front of a grand jury in 2003 regarding the use and distribution of illegal steroids. Bonds was summoned to testify before a grand jury in 2003 about his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.  During the proceedings, Bonds was questioned for nearly three hours.  In 2007, he was charged with making false statements and obstructing justice.  Trial did not begin until…
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Yankees Seeking to Avoid Paying Potential $24 Million Bonus to A-Rod

The New York Yankees have made it clear they are still unhappy with Alex Rodriguez despite his return.  A-Rod is preparing to return after a year-long suspension for admitted use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.  At the same time, the Yankees are avoiding contact with the player, hoping to give him as little time playing as possible, and seeking to void his milestones bonus contract. Recently, the Yankees have given A-Rod the cold shoulder a few times.  They have made it clear that he…
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A-Rod Admitted Doping to Federal Agents

On Wednesday, any doubt that Alex Rodriguez had taken performance enhancing drugs was put to rest by the release of a synopsis of the Yankees 3d Baseman’s January meeting with federal prosecutors and DEA agents.  A-Rod admitted to using steroids. Alex Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season serving a one year suspension from the MLB for using performance enhancing substances.  However, he never failed a drug test.   Since he was originally targeted for doping after admitting to using performance enhancers in the early 2000’s,…
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The 9th Circuit Might Be On The Slugger’s Side

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is rehearing an obstruction of justice conviction against retired baseball star, Barry Bonds. The conviction stems from Bonds’ 2003 grand jury testimony that was investigating steroid use among professional athletes. Under a grant of immunity, Bonds denied knowingly using steroids or any performance-enhancing drugs provided by the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative or his trainer, Greg Anderson. When asked about steroid use, Bonds digressed from the question and instead talked about his childhood and his father. Bonds’ eventually answered…
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Do the NFL and Its Fans Care About Steroids?

In the wake of the notorious Alex Rodriguez/Biogenesis/performance enhancing drug (PED) scandal, fans have been questioning the lack of response from various other sporting organizations. The Biogenesis scandal has implicated more than just MLB players. Indeed, athletes from the NBA, MMA, tennis and NCAA have also been caught up in this scandal. Surprisingly, no players from the NFL have been implicated. Since 2010, the NFL has adhered to its own steroid policies, which appears to be working.  Specifically, the NFL created the National Football League
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