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2.26.2004

Barry Indecent

On the same day that Clear Channel announces it's knocking Howard Stern from the air in six of its markets, Barry Bonds gives an interview laced with profanity. In some reports, it was snipped to please the community standards of Michael "Captain Renault" Powell (He's shocked, m'sieur! Shocked!), but the Chron (at least online on SF Gate) is running much more robust excerpts, in which Bonds accuses Turk Wendell of resembling a small cat or a type of willow.

Update: I've looked at the chron story again, about 20 minutes after the first viewing, and the first p-word has been changed to "p----" while the second one remains intact. I'm off to do some laundry and see what the print edition is running. This is probably of zero interest to anyone outside the journalism biz (or inside, for that matter), but -- o! nerdy me! -- I find this a fascinating study in copy-editing procedures over multiple media.

In case any of you missed it, here's what Wendell said to get Barry's knickers in a bunch:

"If my personal trainer, me, Turk Wendell, got indicted for that, there's no one in the world who wouldn't think that I wasn't taking steroids. I mean, what, because he's Barry Bonds, no one's going to say that? I mean, obviously he did it," Wendell said. "(His trainer) admitted to giving steroids to baseball players. He just doesn't want to say his name. You don't have to. It's clear just seeing his body."

That, ladies and gentlemen, is a man you don't want sitting in the jurybox when you're up on felony charges. In addition from his unfamiliarity with the term circumstantial evidence, he's spiteful that, in his view, Bonds has been catching a break from everyone.

"No one's going to say" that he did it?

I understand that Turk doesn't read too many law reviews, but is he even reading the newspaper? Everyone's saying Barry did it, licorice breath. You're a little late to jump on the bandwagon.


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