Rodriguez of the New York Yankees
Alex Rodriguez scandal is something I
wish would go away. To me, this story
while sad, is just a sign of the times:
namely the 1990s through about 2003.
Major League Baseball and the Players
Association let these athletes use these
drugs with little to no reprecusion and
now when reports come out wants to rake
these players through the coals.
A-Rod wrong for using illegal substances?
Yes. Is he deserving of a in-season suspension?
Not in my opinion because the report
of him failing the drug test was from
2003 and it's 2009! Truefully Rodriguez
(as was Bonds) is responsible for his
actions but also was trying to compete
in a market and time that made it acceptable
for many to do this. The
league has improved its testing and needs
to move on.
far as A-Rod and possibly breaking Barry
Bonds all-time home run record there
is no need for an asterisk because people
are smart know that he (and possibly
Bonds for that matter are from an era
where steroids and performance enhancing
drugs ran rampant and the stats are questionable.
put and asterisk opens up a can of
worms because I could say Babe Ruth
and players of that era need an asterisk
because they didn't play Black athletes.
league wasn't complaining coming off
a strike that cancelled the 1994 season
and World Series when Sammy Sosa and
Mark McGuire chased Roger Maris because
it brought interest and money to baseball
and it shouldn't drag those players down
who have used certainly made mistakes
but it's the past and even some people's
role models make mistakes. I think the
league could certainly ask that these
athletes make promotional commercials
and that team make a campaign out of
this mess. Highlighting the mistakes
of the past in terms of drug use would
be a nice gesture that could provide
closure to this era (along with improved
testing and information on what's legal
need to explain to kids (and fans of
the game) that people make mistakes and
not make anyone (including these athletes)
into god-like figures who have to uphold
a standard many regular working and living
folks can't and don't uphold.
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