When the following figures in the performance-enhancing drug scandal commonly referred to as the BALCO scandal were found guilty (or plead to charges), did Williams see their prosecution as an attack on black America? (it's worth noting that none of the malefactors are black):
Victor Conte: The founder of BALCO served four months after pleading to one count of conspiracy to distribute steroids and a second count of laundering a portion of a check.No complaint form Michael Paul that I can find.
Patrick Arnold: Chemist who created designer steroids that were at the heart of the BALCO scandal served three months in federal prison.
Troy Ellerman: Lawyer, who at one point represented Victor Conte in the BALCO scandal, was sentenced to 2½ years in prison for leaking secret grand jury testimony to San Francisco Chronicle reporters.
Remi Korchemny: Track coach ensnarled in the BALCO scandal received probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor.
Trevor Graham: Rival track coach and whistle-blower in the BALCO scandal has been indicted for lying to federal agents. His trial had been scheduled to begin Nov. 26, but earlier this week a judge granted a request by two of his defense lawyers to be removed from his case. That development is expected to delay the start of his trial.
Tammy Thomas: Former elite cyclist pleaded not guilty to lying to a federal grand jury investigating the BALCO scandal.
Greg Anderson: Former trainer to baseball star Barry Bonds, Anderson served a four-month sentence for his role in the BALCO scandal. Anderson had been jailed since August for contempt of court for failure to cooperate in the federal government's perjury case against Bonds. On Thursday, a federal judge ordered his release from prison. (source)
But hey. Now that Barry Bonds has been indicted in the same scandal, what do you suppose Michael Paul Williams finds to be a possible underlying plot?
How is it feds bagged only Bonds?If your vision - your worldview - passes through a race filter that blocks all rays of light that don't fall within a narrow wavelength spectrum, it's easier to understand how this guy can come up with the foolishness that he does.
By Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch Columnist
You can be convinced that Barry Bonds used steroids and still detect the whiff of a fix at his indictment last week on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
Something is at work here other than the evenhanded application of the law. Bonds is being singled out. Given the number of performance-enhancing cheats -- in baseball, football, track and field, boxing, cycling and other sports -- why is Bonds the only one facing hard time? (link)
Without that, he's completely beyond normal human comprehension.