Bob Costas rips Barry Bonds, again

01/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
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The New York Times reported yesterday that federal prosecutors preparing for baseball star Barry Bonds’ perjury trail have evidence that links Bonds to the use of a variety of performance enhancing drugs.

The Times reports that the evidence could be significant in Bonds trial, scheduled to begin in March. That’s because there have been question about whether two substances -- the "cream" and the "clear" -- were technically classified as steroids by the federal government when Bonds went before a federal grand Jury in November 2003.

Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s home run record in August 2007, but it was considered tainted because of wide spread speculation that he had been under the influence of steroids for several years before his record settling blast. Bonds was let go by the San Francisco Giants at the end of that season, and at the age of 44, still hopes to play, but probably never will again.

After Bonds broke the record, sportscaster Bob Costas debated Times columnist William Rhoden on the Lehrer News Hour about Bonds and the record.

But months later, the Mitchell Report was released, that revealed that there were several hundred players at least who also used steroids in the past two decades. WMNF asked Costas earlier this week if he stood by his denunciation of Bonds.

Costas will be hosting NBC’s five hour pre-game show of Super Bowl 43 from Tampa on Sunday.

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