The trial of Barry Bonds has always been more than a simple case of pursuing a bad guy and proving that he lied. The chase and the subsequent trial have been as much about a baseball era driven by vanity and greed, and fueled by performance-enhancing drugs.
But the eight-year pursuit of Bonds also reflects America’s discomfort with prominent, powerful, wealthy black men.
William Rhoden will surely get accused of playing the race card with this column, which is a shame because it’s a nuanced — not a black and white— reflection on race and sports. His comparisons of Barry and Jack Johnson are spot on. The rest here.