Every night at 8 p.m. on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann awards his daily pick for "Worst Person in the World." Some contenders are lucky — or unlucky —enough to be nominated more than once.
The bronze goes to the trustees of his will, to the loved ones left behind by the late James Brown. Due to legal wrangling over his estate, the hardest working man in show business is still on stage. Two weeks after his death, his body remains unburied inside his home at Beach Island, Georgia.
Our silver goes to Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston. He blasted the Democratic party’s attempt to raise the minimum wage, explaining that the real way to end poverty was for people to marry and start to work 40 hours a week. Economists may be shrieking over his logic there, but Congressman Kingston has a bigger bit of hypocrisy to explain. Last month he said that the Democrats’ plan to increase the Congressional week to five work days eats away at families and marriages suffer.
But Thursday's winner is baseball’s Barry Bonds, who has proudly and often tearfully told the media he has never tested positive for any prohibited drug. Our friend T.J. Quinn at the “New York Daily News,” citing unnamed sources, reports that Bonds failed a test for amphetamines last season, and as a first offender was punished with counseling and more testing. My ESPN radio partner, Dan Patrick, confirmed that story this afternoon from another knowledgeable source, and that it occurred last August 19th, when Bonds was selected at random for a drug test.
But the test for speed isn’t why Bonds wins the honors. It’s the excuse he initially offered afterwards. He say he had taken something he found inside the locker of his San Francisco Giants teammate Mark Sweeney. Now Sweeney has to tested too, even though he has never tested positive for anything.
Barry, I thought maybe they were aspirin, and they did not belong to me anyway.
Barry Bonds, Thursday’s Worst Person in the World.