When thinking about people I have absolutely zero sympathy for, Barry Bonds shoots right to the top of the list. That’s why I laughed out loud when I heard that baseball’s all-time home run king* is attempting to have his felony conviction for obstruction of justice overturned.
Bonds’ lawyer Dennis Riordan argued before a federal appeals court on Wednesday that a rambling answer the slugger gave while testifying before a grand jury shouldn’t have amounted to a crime. A federal jury convicted Bonds of obstruction of justice in 2011 for evading an answer about injecting steroids.
During a December 2003 grand jury appearance, Bonds was asked whether his personal trainer Greg Anderson had ever given him anything he had to inject with a syringe. Bonds turned the answer into a weird rambling response that, frankly, makes no sense. He said the following:
“…that’s what keeps our friendship. You know, I am sorry, but that – you know, that – I was a celebrity child, not just in baseball by m...