Variety of reactions after Bonds guilty verdict


Variety of reactions after Bonds guilty verdict

April 13, 2011

(AP) Reaction to Barry Bonds' conviction on one count of obstruction of justice:

"I think everyone's so tired of steroid allegations. BALCO and -- what was the other one? -- Mitchell Report. Baseball's turned the page on that stuff. It's a clean sport now, and there's no way to beat the system." -- Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge

"I don't follow that stuff. When I played with Barry, he was a great guy. I had fun playing with him. He was one of the best left-handed hitters in the game and maybe the best." -- Washington Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez, who was Bonds' teammate with the Giants.

"The court case today showed he didn't do anything wrong, and he's not guilty for lying." -- Giants pitcher and Bonds teammate Matt Cain.

"Obviously, they don't have the evidence. ... If you could picture anyone recently in a Giants uniform, it's him. He did a lot for the community. We want to move on and get past this. We've got a good drug program in place. It's old news at this point." -- Giants outfielder and Bonds teammate Nate Schierholtz.

"This trial is a stark illustration of how far this sport has come." -- Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

"It is a wonderful day for the good guys, for those who choose to play fair. The most important thing for the youth of America is to get a very strong signal that winning isn't all it's cracked up to be if you have to cheat your way to get there." -- Don Hooton, whose 17-year-old son Taylor committed suicide, a death doctors blamed on depression after he stopped using steroids.

"This case is ongoing, and we expect it will proceed in a fair and orderly manner. Accordingly, we have no comment at this time." -- the San Francisco Giants in an official statement.

Injury report: Joseph out, Latham questionable for Raiders vs Chiefs

Injury report: Joseph out, Latham questionable for Raiders vs Chiefs

The Raiders won't have Karl Joseph when they take on the Chiefs Thursday night in Kansas City.

The team ruled the rookie safety out with a toe injury on Wednesday afternoon.

Defensive tackle Darius Latham was limited in practice on Wednesday and is listed as questionable. Fellow defensive lineman Stacy McGee was ruled out for Thursday's game.

Rookie linebacker Shilique Calhoun will not suit up either due to a knee injury.

Offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele was limited in practice and is listed questionable for Thursday.

Raiders participation report:
Did not practice: LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), S Karl Joseph (toe), DT Stacy McGee (ankle)
Limited practice: LB Cory James (shoulder), DT Darius Latham (ankle), G/T Kelechi Osemele (knee)

Chiefs participation report:
Full participation: OLB Tamba Hali (knee), WR Jeremy Maclin (groin), NT Dontari Poe (back), DE Kendall Reyes (knee), CB Phillip Gaines (knee)

'Mutual love' between Durant, Jordan bigger than free agent decision

'Mutual love' between Durant, Jordan bigger than free agent decision

LOS ANGELES – Sitting back in a courtside chair, ice packs wrapped around both knees, Kevin Durant spent a few minutes Wednesday glimpsing back upon the summer that changed his life.

It was quite a process he experienced during his well-chronicled decision to leave Oklahoma City, the only NBA franchise he’d ever known, to join the Warriors. Even as he wrestled within himself, Durant knew there were a few individuals willing and able to provide support.

One of them was DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers center who upon becoming a free agent in the summer of 2015 so struggled with his choice that he made one decision, to sign with the Dallas Mavericks, but changed it within 48 hours to return to LA.

“We kind of agreed that we both went through the same thing,” Durant said after shootaround at Staples Center. “Him going to Dallas and then having second thoughts about wanting to stay here, and stay around the people that he grew up with and wanting to stay with this organization, him making that decision was bold. It was a tough decision. It made him uncomfortable. But it grew him as a person and as a basketball player.

“I felt the same way about my decision.”

Durant and Jordan, both 28, will shake hands before the Warriors-Clippers game Wednesday night and then they’ll compete against each other for 48 minute. And when the horn sounds, they’ll return to a friendship that has lasted roughly a decade.

Both went to college in the Lone Star State, Durant at the University of Texas, Jordan at Texas A&M. They have been teammates in international competition. So there was a comfort level whenever they spoke during the summer.

Indeed, Jordan was part of the Clippers contingent – that also including Chris Paul and Blake Griffin – that pitched Durant on coming to LA. The Clippers made an impression.

“Those three guys are tremendous and unbelievable talents,” said Durant, who typically spends most of his summer in Southern California. “They made it tough on me. Just knowing those guys . . . that’s what made it tough.”

As much as Jordan wanted Durant as a teammate, he never brought pressure.

“More than anything, he was just a real friend,” Durant said. “He wanted me to come to the Clippers. But at the end of the day, he didn’t care. He was going to be my friend no matter what.

“I kind of gravitated toward being around that, and wanting to be around genuine friendships, no matter who you play for or what you do or what decisions you make. That’s why I was around him, more than anything. It was just genuine and mutual love for each other.”

Knowing Jordan would be there, regardless of his decision, assuaged Durant. Not because he was worried about losing a friend but because he knew he had one.

And when Durant chose the Warriors, Jordan did not pepper him with questions, perhaps because he understood as much as anyone could.

“We didn’t talk about what I wanted to do,” Durant recalled. “I just did it. I didn’t tell him what I was doing. I just made a decision, and he was the first one to text me and tell me that he was proud of me and congrats. We just moved on from there.”