Now that the home run record is his and his alone, Barry Bonds is now looking to defend himself openly against “private citizens” saying things about him and potential steroid use that he hasn’t admitted to and can’t be proven — he’s hiring a couple of prominent Bay Area attorneys (John Burris and Todd Schneider) to protect him against false statements, like, say Curt Schilling going on Bob Costas’ show and basically saying that if Bonds wasn’t suing anyone, including the authors from Game of Shadows, that everything they said was true:
Bonds began seeking civil rights representation three weeks ago after pitcher Curt Schilling criticized the slugger in an interview with HBO’s Bob Costas.
“This is directed at Schilling more than anybody,” said criminal defense attorney Michael Rains, who is representing Bonds in a grand jury investigation stemming from the BALCO case.
“Schilling said some things that were inappropriate and potentially defamatory. I know it was upsetting to Barry. We talked about the issue and I know he was talking to some civil lawyers to put people on notice that he has someone defending him,” Rains said.
Obviously, proving libel or slander against a public figure like Bonds is a tough, uphill road. But let’s kill the fiction right now that Bonds hasn’t sought action against the people who write or say things that might not be completely true now — he’s had another form of legal action underway against Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada, and we may be seeing more action in the civil arena down the road.
Bonds hires lawyers to fight false statements [Contra Costa Times]