Barry's legal recourse? Just sue it!
Barry Bonds can say whatever he wants about his alleged steroid use, as detailed in an upcoming book -- so far, he's wanted to say very little -- but if Bonds truly believes the assertions are false, he has a legal recourse. Assuming Bonds believes he has been libeled, his best hope to undo the damage is to file a lawsuit against the writers and publisher of "Game of Shadows," say legal experts.Fans and critics alike are waiting for his next move.
|At 9:30 a.m. Sunday on ESPN, "Outside The Lines" takes a look back at last year's congressional hearings on steroids. At the time, they were hailed as a breakthrough moment. Jose Canseco was an isolated man -- the only one willing to level accusations and use names. Rafael Palmiero waved his finger and denied he had ever taken steroids. Mark McGwire refused to "talk about the past." Mark Schwarz talks with participants from all sides in those hearings -- congressmen, witnesses and observers -- to see how they view things one year later.|
"If he does not sue, he is a drug user, a repeat steroid user, a knowing steroid user," MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann said on The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio on Tuesday. "He has to sue for everything that the next 50 years of merchandising is worth."The book's authors, Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada, allege that Bonds used a number of specific performance-enhancing drugs beginning after the 1998 season. According to Gotham Books (a member of Penguin Group), the book's publisher, the charges were culled from stacks of documents and a massive variety of interviews. Thanks to the publicity blitz generated by an excerpt that appears in this week's Sports Illustrated, the book's ranking on Amazon.com jumped from No. 119,745 on Monday to No. 7 on the entire site in less than 24 hours. It isn't scheduled for release until March 27. If Bonds can prove that he has been libeled, then, as Olbermann suggests, he would presumably be able to collect for damages done to his image and earning power.
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A grand jury is reportedly hearing evidence about whether Barry Bonds perjured himself during testimony Dec. 4, 2003. Two new books also detail steroids allegations dating to 1998.
• "Game of Shadows" authors subpoenaed
• MLB won't celebrate Bonds passing Ruth
• 'Clear' supplier pleads guilty
• Report: Bonds' trainer subpoenaed
• Perjury convictions difficult
• Feds investigating Bonds for perjury
• Olney: MLB would seize on conviction
• Klosterman: The breaking point
• MLB plans steroid investigation
• Report: Bonds unknowingly used steroids
• Hunter: Bonds victim of racism
• Conte: Book is 'full of outright lies'
• MLB to celebrate if Bonds passes Aaron
• Book alleges Sheffield doped
• Pearlman: Great wasn't enough
• Jackson: Truth is undiscovered
• Gammons: Best, worst of era
• Wojciechowski: Career is kaput
• Book details doping regimen
• Jones: Steroids and segregation
• Assael: Andro use? | Wrap
• Did Bonds commit perjury?
• How does federal investigation affect BALCO investigation?
• More trouble for Bonds
• Cossack explains grand jury process
• Selig announces inquiry
• Co-author talks about book
• Kurkijan on Bonds' legacy
• Chasing Ruth