I say no. Kirk Rueter was Bonds' teammate for many years. Rueter never had any reported problems with Bonds. Rueter is one of the nicest guys to ever set foot on MLB grass. A nice guy wouldn't be friends with a mean guy, especially as teammates. There are too many egos in the league for a player to tolerate another player they don't get along with (see: Jeff Kent).
I guess you can't blame the general media. I'd probably be pissed, too, if I was trying to dig deeply into someone's life and was rejected every time. Of course I would make things up to ruin a man's career if he told me to leave him alone constantly.
Fortunately, not all journalists do that. Unfortunately, most do. Before I am a journalist, I am a fan. I believe if more sports journalists were a fan of the game, then stories would not be made up just to create controversy. I wouldn't dare taint something I love and am so passionate about.
When there is controversy, the easiest way to get to the bottom of the issue is to ask the sources themselves. Victor Conte has called out Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams in their new book The Truth: Barry Bonds and Steroids. He recently claimed that he repeatedly stated that he had never spoken to Bonds about steroids. How much more is there to know?
Ken Griffey, Jr., a friend of Bonds, set the record straight when asked about Bonds. In the book, there was a reported conversation that happened between Griffey and Bonds about performance enhancing drugs. When asked about the source of this information, the authors said they received the information from "multiple sources." Griffey denied ever having the conversation and said he's never had a conversation with Bonds about performance enhancing drugs.
Griffey also said he doesn't think that Bonds has used any performance enhancing drugs, and that reporters need to stop badgering baseball players about this issue, but rather concentrate on more important matters in the world. What more do you want? One of the people who was in the conversation that supposedly happened just told everyone that it never happened. Is news really that slow that journalists now have to make up stories in order to interest their readers?
If that's the case, then they should go write for The National Enquirer.
I am a fan. I am a fan that saw the mean old Barry Bonds walk onto the field during Onfield Photo Day to meet the fans who came out. I saw the ruthless Barry Bonds shake every fan's hand and greet every fan with a smile. I saw the cold-hearted Barry Bonds take his time to make eye contact with every fan as he shook their hand. Gosh, how can anyone stand such a horrible person?
Now, I don't know Barry, so I, like millions of other anti-Barry Bonds people, have no right to pass judgment on him. And Bonds being non-media friendly should have absolutely nothing to do with his accused, and still not yet proven, steroid use.
It amazes me how much the general media hates Bonds, like he did something personal against each and every one of them. Ironically, it is the general media that's launching a personal attack on Bonds.
Bonds is not the only player under investigation, and yet he is the only one who's ever mentioned. He has not even been guilty of what he's accused of, but there's more criticism of him than others who have admitted or was proved to be using illegal substances (see: Rafael Palmeiro). His every move, his every step, every time he breathes it is recorded. Just because he doesn't want it to be.
Hey general media, if you did that to me, I wouldn't just tell you to leave me alone. I'd go out of my way to avoid you.
And I'm a nice person.
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