The herculean slugger, with one baseball legend as a father and another legend as a godfather, Barry Bonds has seen his share of glory days. Breaking Hank Aaron’s all time home run record and being one of the most feared and dangerous hitters in the game is just the tip of the iceberg for this Giant super star. Bonds had a total of 762 homers with 1996 RBIs and a career batting average of .298. But one thing Bonds did not excel at was his relationship with the press. Throughout his career he maintained a negative image and often blamed the media for his controversy with steroid use. So who could see this coming? Fast forward to 2016 and he finally comes clean. In no uncertain terms, Barry Bonds admits he was a dumbass and that he was “straight stupid.”

I guess it took Sports on Earth’s Terrence Moore to tease it out of him in a moment of refreshing candor:

“Me. It’s on me. I’m to blame for the way I was [portrayed], because I was a dumbass. I was straight stupid, and I’ll be the first to admit it.”

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He doesn’t stop there. No, this is not one of those, I apologize because you took it the wrong way kind of statements. This was a bona fide confession and a moment of something completely out of character for the 7-time MVP award winner. He goes on to say:

“I mean, I was just flat-out dumb. What can I say? I’m not going to try to justify the way I acted toward people. I was stupid. It wasn’t an image that I invented on purpose. It actually escalated into that, and then I maintained it.”

According to Bonds, early on in his career he felt a lot of pressure to be a super star and carry the underachieving Pittsburgh Pirates on his shoulders. He developed a certain persona and it just kind of stuck. At one point, he did try to change that image, but his teammates actually came to him and encouraged him to return to being a dick.

“We weren’t doing well, and I wasn’t doing well, but I still clapped my hands and saying, ‘That’s OK, man. We’ll be fine,” Bonds says. “But my teammates didn’t like that person. They wanted the ogre back.”

And so a villain was born.

And that has continued to be the predominant image people have of Bonds. Can all that change with a simple I was a dumbass admission? It certainly seems as though Bonds may have finally turned the corner and is at least on his way to second base.