Bad Boy Athletes Help Students Pay for School: Barry Bonds
Photo: Barry Bonds (AP Photo/Graphic)
By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Barry Bonds. Notorious home run King – until he became known as the baseball player who fixed his game by allegedly taking steroids.
While he was most recently charged on three counts of making false statements in his initial trial nearly seven years ago, the judge for Bonds’ 12-day trial in April declared a mistrial on all three charges. But the jury surprised everyone when they convicted Bonds of obstruction of justice at the verdict reading on April 14, 2011, according to a news release by ESPN.
Again, the country was reminded of Barry Bonds “bad boy” reputation.
But Bonds has found a way to redeem himself – at least in public opinion. On April 1, Opening Day for the L.A. Dodgers, San Francisco Giants fan, Bryan Stow, was beaten ruthlessly outside of the stadium after the game. While the beating happened over two months ago now, Stow, who is a single father of two young children, is still being held in a medically induced coma to prevent seizures, reports ESPN.
NBC Bay Area states that on April 22, Barry Bonds visited Stow’s hospital room, signed a baseball bat and then delivered a surprising offer to Stow’s children. The bad boy baseball player committed to paying for both of the children’s college education expenses when the time came.
Bonds did not inform the press of his offer to the Stow family. It wasn’t until a month later that the press got wind of the offer through Stow’s attorney, Thomas Girardi. In an interview with NBC Bay Area, Girardi said, “It was extraordinary of Barry Bonds, I thought. He didn’t say anything about it to the press. This was just a gift he gave the family because he knew that it was going to be pretty important to the kids.”
Bonds’ post-trial hearing was originally scheduled for May but has been postponed to June 17, according to CBS San Francisco. The homerun hitter has just a few more weeks to bask in being a good Samaritan until he is back under the microscope for obstruction of justice.