As we all read this week (see it here), Senator Mitchell’s long-awaited report on steroids is out. I can’t imagine any of us are surprised by the findings. Given the chance, people cheat. And athletes are in a high-pressure, perform or die environment. But just because we expected this, shouldn’t we all be a bit more pissed off?
I am struck by the collective yawn this story has caused. Bonds will still keep his record, and most certainly a trip to the hall of fame. A few parents have noted that, “Now I have to explain to my kid what happened” or some such, but really no one is that angry!
Well I am. I’ll tell you why: If other men and women who work in the public eye cheat or lie to get ahead they get crucified. Public servants, from cops and firefighters all the way up to Bill Clinton (little minor lie, Billy) get no break. Whatever it is you do for a living out there, you would get no break. Use illegal drugs, get fired. No questions asked. Especially if you lie about it.
These lying cheaters are going to continue to collect millions per month to play a game. Their excuse?
“Sure we cheated, but everyone was doing it.”
Just add a “mommy” at the end of that sentence and you start to understand who we are dealing with here. What do you think?