Eight years after he initially testified in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) steroids case, former San Francisco Giants slugger and alleged performance-enhancing drug (PED) connoisseur Barry Bonds got dealt his punishment.
What it a tough one? You bet.
After reportedly spending $75 million in taxpayer dollars and nearly full decade of time that could have been allotted for something far more meaningful, the U.S. government sentenced Bonds to two years probation, 30 days of location monitoring, 250 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine on Friday. That, apparently, is his punishment for giving evasive testimony to a federal grand jury.
Despite the fact that he was initially charged with numerous counts of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying to a grand jury, a trial last May resulted in only one conviction for felony obstruction. Theoretically, federal sentencing rules recommend 15 to 21 months in prison for that conviction, but Judge Susan Illston didn’t feel the need to legitimize the government’s waste of money and resources with a penalty of that sort.
According to Darren Rovell of CNBC, Bonds’ $4,000 fine is .001% of his career salary and endorsement earnings of $225 million.
So, once again, for all our math majors out there: Eight years and a reported $75 million to ensure two years probation, 30 days of location monitoring, 250 hours of community service and a grand total of .001 of Bonds’ career salary.