Let the Public Decide Fate of Bonds Ball, Buyer Says

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Sept. 18, 2007 – Just about everything else Barry Bonds does in his career seems to be subject to the opinions of the public. So it only seems natural that the public will get to decide the fate of the ball he hit to break Hank Aaron's career home run record.

Complex magazine publisher and urban fashion line owner Marc Ecko, the buyer of Bonds’ 756th homer ball which broke Hank Aaron’s long-standing record of 755, despite suspicions that Bonds used steroids, says he's taking votes on what is to become of the ball.

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At www.vote756.com, fans can choose to give the ball to the baseball Hall of Fame, brand it with an asterisk – and then send it to the Hall of Fame – or put it “on a rocket ship and launch it into space.

“I bought this baseball to democratize the debate over what to do with it and allow the public to decide,” Ecko says. Online voting will conclude Sept. 25.

Ecko, who lurks in the shadows of hip-hop and urban entertainment promoting his Ecko Unlimited, Zoo York and Avirex clothes in marketing campaigns, bought the ball for $752,467.

What would you like to see done with the ball?  Click “Discuss Now,” to the right, and tell us.

Written by BET-Staff

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