Conte says Bonds was 'selectively prosecuted'


Conte says Bonds was 'selectively prosecuted'

On the eve of the day Major League Baseball's home run king is scheduled to receive his sentence for 2003 obstruction of justice charges, BALCO founder Victor Conte released a statement supporting Bonds and condemning the federal case against him.
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Conte says he believes Bonds was "selectively prosecuted," and that the case was not the "best use of the tens of millions of taxpayer dollars that were spent."

Below is Conte's official statement:

Obviously, the BALCO case brought about a greater public awareness regarding the rampant use of drugs at the elite level of sport, which is a good thing. Although anti-doping efforts have improved, the testing is still relatively easy to circumvent.

I do not believe that those legally involved in the BALCO case were treated equally. Usually, those at the top of the food chain in drugs cases receive the greatest consequences. However, that's not what occurred in the BALCO case. There were major drug suppliers involved who cooperated with the prosecutors and received no consequences whatsoever.

It also seems that the athletes with the biggest names who could possibly bring more headline news were treated far differently than the others. For example, I've read all of the athletes' grand jury testimonies in the BALCO case. Most of them lied at some point during their testimonies. Whether they told big lies or small lies, most of the athletes told some kind of lie to the grand jury. I have no doubt that Barry Bonds was treated differently than other athletes involved. It's likely because he was the highest profile athlete of all. Based upon the evidence, it appears to me that Bonds was selectively prosecuted.

As the BALCO case comes to a close, I do not think it was the highest and best use of the tens of millions of taxpayer dollars that were spent on the case, especially during the current economic crisis.

--Victor Conte

Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade


Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

On Monday morning, some important details emerged.

The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish.

Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for Stanton.

The Giants selected Beede, 24, in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 draft.

The right-handed pitcher went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA over 19 starts in Triple-A last season.

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The Orange and Black took Shaw, 24, in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 draft.

In 37 games for Double-A Richmond in 2017, he hit .301 with six home runs and 29 RBI.

He was promoted to Triple-A and hit .289 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 88 games.

Shaw recently played in the Arizona Fall League, but only saw action in five games because of a sore shoulder.

Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

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Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

We have some sad news to report.

Skeeter, the lovable four-legged member of Matt Duffy's family, passed away in Long Beach on Saturday night. He was 15 years old.

Duffy made the news public with an Instagram post on Sunday evening.

"Even when it's expected, losing a member of the family is never easy. Sometimes you'd forget this little guy was even a cat. After 15 awesome years, last night we had to say goodbye to Skeeter boy. Thank you for all the love and support that Skeets has gotten over the past couple of years. Our furry little light has gone dark," Duffy wrote.

Skeeter, slightly overweight for his size, stole the hearts of Giants fans after Duffy made his debut with the Giants in August of 2014.

When Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2016 trade deadline, Skeeter remained in California with Duffy's parents.