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  • Bonds quietly drops lawsuit against authors...
    • Octopus (no login)
      Posted Jun 22, 2006 4:22 PM

      So quietly, I missed the announcement entirely! I've been waiting for it, for awhile now. Knew it was coming. Come on...we all saw his scary head!

      All the lawsuits have been dropped, by all the fingered juicers, against all the whistle-blowers.

      What's left of this thing? Well, there's the grim specter of watching Bonds crawl his way ever closer to Aaron's record, one rare dinger after another. Where has Samson's strength and vision gone, so suddenly? Easy come, easy go, I guess.

      June 11, 2006, 2:15 AM ET
      Barry Bonds drops lawsuit against SF Chronicle reportersAssociated Press
      Major League Baseball News Wire

      SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds wants to cooperate with special investigator George Mitchell, but will only talk to him if he is assured the information won't be given to federal prosecutors.

      Bonds also dropped his lawsuit against two San Francisco Chronicle reporters who published a book claiming the Giants slugger used steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

      Mitchell was appointed by commissioner Bud Selig to head the probe into steroids in baseball.

      "I'd like Barry to cooperate with Sen. Mitchell," Bonds' attorney, Michael Rains, told the Daily News in New York. "We believe Sen. Mitchell will be fair, thorough and impartial. But here's the problem: Anything that happens there can become fodder for the federal government and for another book that will make reporters rich."

      A federal grand jury in San Francisco is now investigating whether Bonds lied under oath about using the performance-enhancing drug known as "the clear" during that grand jury testimony.

      Meanwhile, Bonds requested that San Francisco County Superior Court dismiss the lawsuit June 2, according to court records reviewed by the San Jose Mercury News. The suit was dismissed without prejudice, meaning he retains the right to refile it.

      In March, Bonds sued Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, publisher Gotham books, the Chronicle and Sports Illustrated, which published an excerpt of the book, "Game of Shadows."

      Bonds' lawyers, suing under California's unfair competition law, argued that the authors should be blocked from making money on the book because it used illegally obtained grand jury testimony.

      Transcripts of the testimony were leaked from a federal investigation into the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO, where Bonds and several other major league players allegedly obtained performance-enhancing drugs.

      During a March hearing, Bonds' lawyers unsuccessfully sought a temporary restraining order on all profits from the book. At the time, Judge James Warren said he thought the lawsuit had little chance of success and the authors had raised "serious first amendment issues."

      A separate federal grand jury is probing who leaked Bonds' testimony to the Chronicle.

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