It didn’t take long for all the sportswriters out there to pile on and denounce Barry Bonds. It’s as if they hate Barry so much they already had these stories filed away and just were waiting to update and unleash them.
Here are some reactions from around the web:
[SFGate]: Ray Ratto: Oh, it’s superficially entertaining to demand that he quit, for the good of the game, for the good of society, for the good of goodness, but it’s posturing because Bonds isn’t going to quit merely because some pundit with a cable-ready stalking horse says he should. Peter Magowan isn’t going to ask him to quit because his financial soul long ago was sold to Bonds. Commissioner Bud Selig no more wants a piece of this story than he wants to find a piece of anthrax in his shoe.
[SI]: Phil Taylor: Even Bonds, who we knew was no angel, disappoints us further now that the nature of his dishonesty has been laid out in such detail. Anyone who defended him in the past has to feel betrayed today.
[MSNBC]: Mike Celizic: To even imagine Bonds surpassing Hank Aaron is enough to make any decent person vomit. And if Bonds insists on playing and does break the most sacred record in sports, there won’t be a thing baseball can do.
[ESPN]: Gene Wojciechowski: Bonds is finished. He might play again, but there is only a chalk outline left around his integrity and home run totals. And the only way he gets into Cooperstown is if he spends the $14.50 for a Hall of Fame admission ticket.
[Thetafarm.blogspot]: I believed him so much that I would argue with my friends and family for hours about it. All of that is over. These kinds of things happen to just about every avid sports fan. If you’ve never been let down or dissapointed in an athlete, you aren’t a true fan.