Tuesday at RFK, Bonds set another major-league record for audacity.

Asked whether Congress has wasted its time trying to clean up the steroid problem in sports, Bonds said: "Pretty much, I think so. Yeah."

Though he acknowledged the problem, Bonds said: "There are still other issues that are more important. Right now, people are losing lives and don't have homes. I think that's a little more serious. A lot more serious ...

"We're the United States. We have a crisis here that everybody needs to start contributing to. Not pointing fingers. Contributing to."

The nerve of this guy using the Gulf Coast disaster to trivialize the seriousness of the steroid epidemic facing this country. Obviously, the Katrina tragedy is far more pressing, but does that mean we should forget about all the teenagers abusing steroids?

That was the main goal of the hearing. Members of Congress wanted sluggers to tell kids about the potential dangers of steroid overdosing. Mark McGwire and (after the fact) Rafael Palmeiro wound up incriminating themselves.

But has Barry Bonds ever mounted his soapbox to preach to kids about the evils of steroids? Not once. His basic message is always: We're entertainers. You media people should just leave us alone and let us do what we need to do to entertain people."

Unfortunately, too many fans agree with Bonds.

My stance has always been to either make performance-enhancing drugs legal, or make the testing and penalties so severe that the cheaters can no longer cheat.

But kids' emulating their heroes and using unsupervised mega-doses of black-market steroids is an entirely different issue. Apparently, Bonds didn't watch the March testimony of the parents who lost children because of steroid abuse.

No real tragedy there. Right, Barry?

Now you wonder how many members of Congress -- who continue to investigate Palmeiro for perjury -- would like to waste a little more time investigating Bonds.

He's all but daring them to.

He's Barry Bonds and they're not.

And even I can no longer root for him.

Skip Bayless can be seen Monday through Friday on "Cold Pizza," ESPN2's morning show, and at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN's "1st & 10." His column appears twice a week on Page 2. You can e-mail Skip here.



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