This whole steroids mess keeps getting more disgusting. Want to know what’s making me sick now? Among ALL the players who have denied it, I have not heard ONE of them cite “honesty” as the reason. A-Rod said he never felt like he needed an edge. Justice said he was afraid of needles. Mariano said he was simply naive.
Great. So A-Rod WOULD have cheated if he weren’t as good, Justice WOULD have cheated if he weren’t a wimp, and Mariano WOULD have cheated if he weren’t clueless.
It’s unbelievable how little our culture values honesty. I used to see people in school cheat on tests like it was nothing. Am I allowed to point fingers at them now? Yeah, because I never cheated. I preferred to fail honestly than succeed dishonestly. In fact, I was SO concerned about being honest that one time while taking a geometry test in ninth grade, I happened to glance off to the side and see the answer that the kid next to me had written for one of the questions. I hadn’t answered that question yet, and I knew his answer was right, and it occurred to me that I MIGHT not have thought of it on my own, so I left it blank.
I realize there’s more to gain by cheating with steroids than by cheating on a high school test, but still. What the hell?! When am I going to hear a major league baseball player come out and say, “I never used steroids because I’m honest, because I don’t cheat, because I have integrity and respect for the game, and because drug-aided accomplishments are meaningless.”