How honest is Barry Bonds? -- We compare the baseball player's reality show with bestseller ''Game of Shadows''

By Whitney Pastorek
May 12, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

How honest is Barry Bonds?

Did San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds lie to a grand jury about steroid use? Judging by the marked differences between Bonds on Bonds (ESPN’s reality show airing Tuesdays at 7 p.m.) and Game of Shadows (the best-selling book by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams), it’s clear that somebody can’t handle the truth.

ON THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER

BONDS ON BONDS
”I’m not jealous of anybody.”

GAME OF SHADOWS
”As [Mark] McGwire was celebrated… Bonds became more jealous than people who knew him well had ever seen.”

ON FORMER TEAMMATE JEFF KENT

BONDS ON BONDS
”I have never had a problem with Jeff Kent. Ever.”

GAME OF SHADOWS
”Bonds had ragged on Kent since he arrived from Cleveland in 1997…. There was constant friction.”

ON HONESTY

BONDS ON BONDS
”You want the truth? Let’s live in the truth. But let’s not lie about it then, either.”

GAME OF SHADOWS
”’Barry knew [he was taking steroids], Barry is lying when he says he didn’t know,’ [lawyer Troy] Ellerman said.”

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