Friends, How Many of us Have Them?

22 Mar

Bonds with Anderson

by Chris McCoy

Ask yourself a few questions:

How many true friends do you have? What would those friends be willing to do for you? Are they there when you really need them? Would they snitch on you to avoid jail time?

Enter Gary Anderson, Barry Bonds’ best friend and former trainer. Over the past five years Anderson has been imprisoned for contempt of court four times for refusing to testify against the “Asterisk-Home Run King”. This includes the latest account – this morning!

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On March 1, 2011, Anderson stood in front of Judge Susan Illston of the United States District Court and simply nodded “yes” when asked if he planned to refuse to testify in the trial that began yesterday. Anderson’s lawyer Mark Geragos even joked, “He’s nodding yes… he’s taking the not testifying to the nth degree.” Several people in the courtroom, not included Bonds, enjoyed a chuckle due to Geragos’ remarks. Judge Illston apparently didn’t find it that funny herself, as she ordered Anderson into custody for contempt of court, today as he stayed the course. Unless Bond’s best friend changes his mind, which is doubtful due to his track record, he will remain there for the duration of the trial, which most believe could last up to a month.

Somebody get this man a “Stop Snitchin” T-Shirt endorsement deal! ASAP.

A law enforcement officer holding up a "Stop Snitching" T-Shirt. Too bad that movement has passed, Gary Anderson would've been a great spokesman!

We see how fast people snitch on First 48 all the time; even Peter denied Jesus three times when the pressure was on. Anderson has now done more jail time for refusing to testify against his boy than he did for pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering charges connected to the BALCO case (three months in prison; three months house arrest), having already spend more than a year in jail for refusing to testify to a grand jury.

You just don’t see people do that anymore, and definitely not four times. This time could carry a heavier consequence, though, as many believe Anderson could be charged with obstruction of justice – which carries a maximum prison of 10 YEARS! Those believing Anderson has doomed himself include Rory Little, a former federal prosecutor who is currently a professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

“I have absolute confidence that Greg Anderson will be charged with obstruction of justice when the Bonds trial is over,” said Little. “It’s very uncommon to have someone who is willing to go to jail for months for no direct promise of payback from the defendant. And the government doesn’t take intentional obstruction of justice lightly.”

Little said the refusal of a witness to testify was common in organized-crime cases in the 1960s, when potential witnesses did so to stymie the prosecution, considering it “sort of a joke” that they could elude testifying by simply spending some time in jail or prison and not facing any other charges. It was considered commonplace and a badge of honor to be jailed because of their silence, he said.

“It became part of the culture, that omertà,” Little said. “But then the government decided to use wire taps, so that phenomena came to an end. Now, you really don’t see it very often.”

Anderson’s old school though I guess, and if he’s doing so in cahoots with Bonds, is playing his part perfectly – weakening the government’s case, as Judge Illston has thrown out key evidence that only Anderson could authenticate. If Bonds is looking out for Anderson, and vice versa, they better watch out as their relationship will undoubtedly be held under a microscope for evidence of paying off a witness for the foreseeable future if Bonds gets off.

What’s even more wild is that an attorney for Bonds now says that Bonds admits to taking steroids during his career, but he was mislead by Anderson. This really isn’t much of a change in Bonds’ story though, as he’d claimed if he had taken steroids, he did so unknowingly as he thought it was flaxseed oil… blah blah blah.

Hey Bonds: We don’t believe you, you need more people!

Pirates Barry vs. Giants Barry

And his people won’t talk! Whatever the situation may be, Anderson’s silence proves his loyalty: he’s either as loyal as the family dog or Bonds slid him some dough and he’s holding up his end of the bargain. Either way, what Anderson is doing here is extremely honorable, and we should all wish we had more friends like that.

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