Just a bunch of entertainers--Drew Griffin
I recently produced a documentary on steroid and drug use in professional wrestling, so I am once again drawn to an old question: if adults want to use medications to enhance their physical abilities, why should I care?
By now, professional athletes and entertainers know the benefits and risks. Both wrestling and baseball are private (not public) business endeavors. Legalized gambling is not part of wrestling or baseball. So if these private boys want to "go on the gas," why should we care?
And before you say anything about these jocks being role models to our kids, give me a break. I don't see anybody screaming about drug use in Hollywood or rock'n'roll or rap or anything else. These are just a bunch of entertainers addicted to drugs and themselves. And I could care less.
Posted 4:40PM ETSteroids, or the gas pump.. --Joe Johns, 360 Correspondent
When I was in high school I played football and was the captain of the track team. I was the state champ in the discus throw and briefly talked with coach Woody Hayes about playing football for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He saw potential because of my track stats. But I knew I'd just become a tackling dummy at OSU. So I went to Marshall for track.
We were all in the steroid shooting world back then. I decided not to do it. But it was easy to see the guys who did. They put on ten and twenty pounds of muscle over a couple years.
I didn't do it because I knew athletics wasn't gonna be my ticket in life. But for those guys who have nothing else to look forward to in life, I do wonder whether the right thing to do is just let them make that decision for themselves.
For many, it's either steroids and muscle, or a lifetime of pumping gas.
Posted 3:07PM ETThey win, we lose--Gary Tuchman, 360 Correspondent
I don't like cheaters. That's why I don't have much patience for professional athletes who use steroids. They do it for one reason; to give themselves an edge so they can make more money. And who pays for those salary increases? The fans who have watched ticket prices increase exorbitantly over the years.
So that gives you an idea how I feel going into a story I'm covering for 360 later today. The report by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, which literally names many alleged cheaters.
One of the saddest parts of this scandal is the "see no evil" philosophy that Major League Baseball and the players' union have had over the years. Also pitiful: how it casts a pall and suspicion on this great sport, which is unfair to what I assume is the great majority of players who don't use steroids.
The report calls for beefed-up testing by an outside agency to clean up the game. MLB isn't legally required to follow the recommendations. But it seems to me, that wouldn't go over too well.
Posted 2:57PM ETHow about a little skill --John King, CNN Chief National Correspondent
No Manny. No Papi. No Lowell or Varitek.
That is the bright spot for me on a sad day for baseball. Not because I am a Red Sox fan. But because my children are Red Sox fans, and seeing a report outlining a culture of cheating makes me wonder about the troubling message and signal to kids who see these players as role models.
They need to know it's wrong. And maybe be reminded by the stars not on the list that you don't need to cheat; that you can be special through skill and effort.
Posted 2:29PM ETAs Gomer Pyle used to say.... --Jami Floyd, Court TV anchor
The Mitchell Report reveals a culture of doping in Major League Baseball. Well, as Gomer Pyle used to say, "Surprise, surprise, surprise!" The report names dozens of players linked to steroid use. Well, listen up MLB: The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. To his credit, Commissioner Bud Selig commissioned the report. Now anyone left in America who really thought Barry Bonds was the only one will have to think again.
Posted 1:01PM ETShameful and damning
--Gabriel Falcon, 360 Writer
It is one of the darkest days in Major League Baseball. But is it really a surprise?
Some of the biggest names in baseball are on its list, including potential Hall-of-Famers. The big question may not be who's on the list, however, but what should happen next? Should the players be fined, suspended, banned? And what does this say about America's pastime?
We want to know what you think.
12:53PM ETAl Sharpton's dance card--Roland Martin, 360 Contributor
The Rev. Al Sharpton just told me that he will endorse one of the Democratic candidates prior to the New Hampshire primary. So far, he has refused to jump in the Presidential race, which he knows all too well as a candidate in 2004.
Many think that Sharpton will fall in line with many New Yorkers and back his home state senator. But if Obama snags the endorsement, it will be a major boon for him because many top civil rights leaders have endorsed Clinton, and it could bring some credibility among African-Americans, who are split between the top two Dems.
Posted 1:33PM ETFire and ice--Candy Crowley, CNN Senior Political Correspondent
Politics means having to say you're sorry as soon as possible if something starts to implode. This brings us to Hillary Clinton's apology today to Barack Obama.
1) Clinton's Campaign Co-Chair in New Hampshire told the Washington Post that Obama is unelectable in part because his (admitted) drug use as a teenager would be red meat for Republicans who would ask questions like "did you deal drugs?"
2) Cue the furor from Camp Obama, which basically said Clinton's getting desperate.
3) The Clinton co-chair issues a statement and says he's sorry he said what he said and the Clinton campaign didn't tell him to say it.
4) The story keeps going.
5) Hillary Clinton, upon return to Washington for a vote, is asked by reporters whether she thinks the now retracted statement was appropriate. She says no.
6) The story keeps going.
7) Obama folks put out an email complaining about the accusation and suggesting people make contributions to the campaign.
8) Clinton apologizes to Obama on the tarmac at National Airport as the two of them were flying in separate planes to des moines for a DEBATE.Stay tuned, dear reader, and remember what I told you yesterday: three weeks before the caucuses what we've got here are ice storms and heated politics.
Posted 1:08PM ETIowa and Bali--David Gergen, 360 Contributor
Two stories today: The first is whether Hillary Clinton can begin turning around her campaign in Iowa in this afternoon's debate. So far, debates have been her strongest forum, helping her build up a lead, but they have faded from media focus, and Barack Obama has been out-campaigning her on the ground.
Now stories are emerging of how unhappy Bill is with her campaign (not good news for her side,) and polls show Barack ahead in Iowa and closing fast in New Hampshire. Can she seize upon this afternoon's debate to start turning things around? Not an easy format for that... so, we'll see.
The other story is really a non-story: from Bali where representatives from around the world are gathered to hammer out a new policy framework for combating climate change. At the very moment when scientists are warning that we are truly close to the edge -- and that indeed, the disappearance of Arctic ice could show us at a tipping point -- it is stunningly disappointing that so little progress is being made in Bali -- and worse, that the intransigence of the U.S. administration is a major stumbling block. Keep watching this space -- and cross fingers.
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