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San Jose Mercury News: Bonds must face consequences

"The fact that someone should write in the newspaper is, I've never failed a drug test."

-- Barry Bonds,

Sept. 18, 2005

Barry Bonds may never be convicted of perjury for lying to a federal grand jury. But there's little remaining doubt that the so-called home run king used performance- enhancing drugs during his record-setting years: Court documents released Wednesday showed that he tested positive for three types of steroids from 2000 to 2003.

Some argue enough is enough. Now that it's clear Bonds was juiced, stop wasting taxpayer money on trying to convict him.

He was just a baseball player, after all. And every- one else was cheating, too, including sluggers Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Send Bonds straight to the Hall of Shame, but not to jail.

So, sadly, it's up to law enforcement to see that there are consequences.

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