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Bonds gives money to journalists, which makes some queasy

Aug 3, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

Barry Bonds’ charity organization, the Barry Bonds Family Foundation, has donated $20,000 to The National Association of Black Journalists.

The donation has stirred a bit of controversy, and it is not sitting well with some members of the NABJ. From the AP:

The gift comes as the former San Francisco Giants slugger prepares for trial on federal charges he lied to a grand jury about steroid use.

Association member Kenneth Cooper says Bonds is a controversial figure and journalists and their organizations should maintain their distance.

Bonds could go on trial in his never-ending perjury case at some point next year, and some members of the NABJ could end up covering the story, so any potential conflict of interest – or just as bad, the appearance of a conflict of interest – is a legitimate concern.

Then again, maybe it’s not that big a deal, as the money will be used to fund an “Entrepreneurial Spirit Award” named after Ray Taliaferro, a long-time Bay Area broadcaster. According to this report, Bonds wanted the award named after Taliaferro “in recognition of the broadcaster’s civic and public contributions to the San Francisco Bay Area.”

So what do you think HBT readers? Is it inappropriate for the NABJ to accept this donation, or is it much ado about nothing? Frankly, given his interactions with journalists over the years, I’m just amazed Bonds would give money to any of them.

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  1. w2lucky - Aug 3, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Barry who?

  2. riscifiguy - Aug 3, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Send the money back!
    It’s poison now and later when he gets on the HOF ballot!
    Save yourselves and send it back!!!
    It’s like a tained political contribution!
    Send it back!
    Duh!

  3. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre - Aug 3, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    I’ll take it.

  4. ThatGuy - Aug 3, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Keep it, Its a donation. If he wants to honor a journalist that he liked by all means, if he really was looking to buy some love it would likely cost a lot more than 20 grand. Also its my opinion that its up to the journalists to keep their integrity not Bonds(who most believe he doesnt have any anyway.

  5. walk - Aug 3, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    So barry clearly has respect for people even if they dont respect him. Thats what that story says to me, really well done on pr front.

  6. Detroit Michael - Aug 4, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    It’s much ado about nothing. Cash the check.

  7. myob - Aug 4, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    Is there a The National Association of White Journalists or would that be racists?

  8. JBerardi - Aug 4, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Unless you’re completely ignorant of history, yes, it would be racist.

  9. kruk28 - Aug 4, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Really? This is a potential conflict of interest issue while at the same time newspapers/publishers/broadcasters accept money in various forms(usually, but not limited to adverising. Consumer Reports magazine is the only publication that I know of that doesn’t take money.) from corporations, politicians, etc that they might cover in the future or even are currently covering. The outrage seems more to be because it is from Barry Bonds, so the donation therefore comes due to an ulterior motive. Despite his “bad guy” reputation, he has long been generous to the bay area and bay area causes. I think this is due to the fact that he isn’t quite the “bad guy” he is made out to be in the media and becuase he grew up and spent a large part of his life there. Also, for Bonds’ sake and the reputation of the NABJ, if NABJ journalist’s don’t report on all of the facts that will be reported by EVERY other media outlet, they will only be damaging themselves and Bonds in the public and professional opinion. The fact that the donation was done in an open and transparent manner almost guarantees that it will not have an impact on their potential coverage of the court case. Why is this more of an issue than the sleazy/cozy relationship between politicians, former politicians turned lobbyists and corporations/ultra rich that look to take care of each other at the expense of the rest of America/American’s?

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