Snakes Gould wrote:bonds already admitted he used steriods, yet unknowingly, so to all you people saying he allegedly broke rules, you're wrong. also, to say using steroids in baseball was legal up until 2004, are also wrong, because using steriods is against the law in the united states of america. is it necessary to have every law also written in mlb's handbook? you are not allowed to kill the pitcher, first baseman, etc...
let em all in. who cares at this point.
major league baseball doesn't have to enforce the law. Your employer can fire or decline to fire you for drug use, and they aren't even required to report it. I'm not sure that its illegality is totally relevant here. Baseball doesn't HAVE to ban someone for life if they were convicted of murder or robbery or something. The fact of the matter is that the HOF makes its judgments on criteria in regards to baseball. And until 2004 steroids were not explicitly forbidden, thus its hard to call him a "cheater" in the traditional sense of the word, because cheating is by definition, a violation of rules. If the rule isn't stated, you can't break it.
At any rate, I think you bring up a good point, that people always have this pat "bonds 'allegedly' this and that." It's not "allegedly" at all. He did it. Now his continued use, and time he started etc. are all allegedly. But he did do them, he said so. He was just hoping to mitigate with lack of intent.
For the record, I don't really care if he did or didn't. I think so many other lesser-paying professions have safety and health tradeoffs, that an adult should be able to make their own decisions. Of course grey areas are introduced when you get involved with the lower levels.