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Bonds said if Cooperstown accepted the ball with the asterisk, he would boycott the Hall of Fame, including refusing to attend the induction ceremony if he were elected.

“I won’t go. I won’t be part of it,” Bonds said in an MSNBC interview in 2007. “You can call me, but I won’t be there.”

Well, the ball has been on display ever since Ecko donated it to the Hall, and it remains on display, Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said.

That puts Bonds in sort of an ethical dilemma — like lying to a grand jury might.

Does he demand that the ball be removed if he is elected? Or does he live with the fact that his greatest accomplishment has been symbolically vandalized and will be on display in the same place where his plaque would hang?

“I don’t think you can put an asterisk in the game of baseball, and I don’t think that the Hall of Fame can accept an asterisk,” Bonds said in the 2007 interview. “You cannot give people the freedom, the right to alter history.”

Funny, this is what Bonds himself did when he chose to use banned performance-enhancing substances — something he admitted in grand jury testimony but claimed he had no knowledge of what the “cream” and the “clear” substances he took were.

Bonds will likely never face his problem, though. The closest he will get to Hall of Fame immortality is the asterisk.

Thom Loverro is co-host of “The Sports Fix,” noon to 2 p.m. daily on ESPN 980 radio and