What does Bonds indictment mean for reporters Fainaru-Wada and Williams?
How will Bonds' indictment affect reporters whose coverage of the story led to their being subpoenaed and later found in contempt for not revealing their anonymous sources?
The news that home run record holder Barry Bonds had been indicted came as a shock to much of the bay area yesterday. For several years, Bonds' legal struggle has made headlines and helped shed a light on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports, but after such a prolonged saga, it seemed unlikely that the Giants star would go down. His personal trainer Greg Anderson (whom I met while at the Federal Detention Center in Dublin, CA), spent over a year in custody for refusing to cooperate with the grand jury and many believed that Bonds' indictment hinged on the testimony Anderson had refused to provide.Anderson is out today, but there is no reason that he caved and testified. The grand jury was due to expire next month and its extraordinarily unlikely that he would give up now. Former US Attorney Kevin Ryan confirmed on a radio news program this morning. Anderson's attorney Peter Garagos stated, Law.com, "Frankly I'm aghast. It looks like the government misled me and Greg as well, saying this case couldn't go forward without him." There are many unanswered questions about why the government brought the indictment when they did, but what's just barely been mentioned is how this turn-of-events will affect Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, whose coverage of the story for the San Francisco Chronicle and their book, Game of Shadows, led to the reporters being subpoenaed and later found in contempt for not revealing their anonymous sources. Williams told Editor & Publisher that "It is a huge story, but one I never thought I'd write." His story of the news appeared on the front of today's San Francisco Chronicle though Fainaru-Wada has since gone to work for ESPN. Though he didn't anticipate the indictment, Williams is optimistic that the public will become better educated about the scandal through the trial process. "By the time we are done with this, the public will get to see all of the evidence that has been kept secret." It's not known whether Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada will be called to testify in the trial, but Williams has indicated in the past that he would never out a confidential source. He told Editor & Publisher that he has no desire to become a part of the case and promises to "fight like wildcats against it."