SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The charitable foundation created and controlled by Barry Bonds has donated $20,000 to a black journalists group, and the gift is not sitting well with some members.
The National Association of Black Journalists announced the donation last week from the Barry Bonds Family Foundation.
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.
NABJ President Kathy Times says the money will be used for an annual award promoting entrepreneurial spirit. She said the board discussed Bonds’ legal situation and decided to accept the contribution.
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