Thursday, December 13, 2007
Anderson's View
I'm a little late blogging today. I got caught in a rainstorm in Times Square and have been wringing water out of my clothes for a while now.

Tonight we will likely lead off with baseball and steroids. We don't normally do many sports stories, but this is a very big deal. The thing that so few people talk about when discussing athletes who've taken steroids is the impact on other athletes who haven't. When Marion Jones admitted she had taken performance enhancing drugs, after years of very publicly denying it, I kept thinking about all those women she had competed against. They had dedicated their lives to running and they were cheated out of winning, and the endorsements and recognition that comes with medals.

So steroids are now as American as baseball and apple pie. And with all these ball players doing drugs, the number of teenagers taking steroids has risen as well. If someone wants to shoot up some drug meant for horses, that's their business as far as I'm concerned, but they are competing against hard working people who aren't taking short cuts, and that's not a level playing field. What do you think of the scandal? Does it surprise you, or at this point do you assume it's all just part of the game?

Oh, and a quick programming note, tomorrow we are going to run the story about endangered mountain gorillas that I shot for 60 Minutes. It's a cool story and it will be on 360 tomorrow night. I hope you watch.
- Anderson Cooper
Posted By CNN: 4:09 PM ET
I think the fans will still fill the ball parks Anderson. The media are the ones keeping this story alive.

p.s. you still don't use an umbrella ?! ;)
Posted By Anonymous Riley R. - Exeter, Ma. : 4:18 PM ET
Where is this going? If every user is exposed, baseball could down the drain. Maybe the minor league guys can have chance now...
Posted By Anonymous shannon w. - alexandria, va. : 4:20 PM ET
I am not suprised at all by this story! I thought for a long time that steroids were very prevelant!It is sad that some choose to shoot up that mess and cheat the "real" players out of their rightful place in the sport! I think it all boils down to the "cheaters" wanting to be in the hall of fame and being remembered way past their time in the sport!

The real question is what is the MLB going to do about it!? And how are they going to prove that this one or that one took roids!? This really puts all players under a bad light...even if they cheated or not!!

And I can't wait to see the gorilla report again! It was AWESOME!!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 4:22 PM ET
who really cares if they use steroids or not- baseball is entertainment . if they want to ruin their bodies let them.
Posted By Anonymous Dennis, Albany, NY : 4:22 PM ET
Everyone found to use steroids should be banned from Major League Baseball and never admitted to the Hall of Fame... why is this so complicated??
Posted By Anonymous mel, des moines, ia. : 4:25 PM ET
Hi Anderson,
I think if you need drugs to play or win a game then you aren't much of a so called athlete to begin with. I'd say pack up the bags and go home.
Gorilla's in the mist...I'd rather spend my time watching the beautiful gorilla's, eating my apple pie than watch baseball anyway. Take Care
Posted By Blogger Lorie Ann : 4:26 PM ET
Does this mean more "emotional" speeches on TV? They had better not tear up when interviewed. There's no crying in baseball.
Posted By Anonymous Pamela J, Providence RI : 4:28 PM ET
Put an asterisk next to most Baseball records! But if we're doing that, you also have to also do it for football , the NBA and the NHL.
Posted By Anonymous jeri, bloomfield hills, mi. : 4:30 PM ET
I don't think anyone is surprised by the news of steroids in baseball or sports in general. What is surprising is that everyone may be getting a free pass. If they are serious about cleaning up the game then their needs to be consequences for players that were using, otherwise what is going to change?
Posted By Anonymous Amber, Ft. Wayne IN : 4:32 PM ET
Hi Anderson,
It's really too bad that professional ball players take performance enhancing drugs. We try to teach kids in school to be honest in their competition and that they should work hard to get ahead. I think it sends a bad message to kids.
Looking forward to the gorilla story tomorrow night too!
Posted By Blogger pamina : 5:05 PM ET
Being outside the US, I don't have an access to 60Minutes. I'm so glad you promise to let everybody around the world see the story. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's show. And of course tonight's show!
Posted By Anonymous Mio, Japan : 5:06 PM ET
Bud Selig needs to step down. Most of this happened on his watch. The house cleaning needs to start from the top.
Posted By Blogger zona : 5:11 PM ET
I think people that are on steroids not only hurting themselves they are cheating the persons that they are competing against because their opponents may not be on steroids and trying very hard on there own that is very UNFAIR.

Jennifer, Anderson, South Carolina.
Posted By Blogger bluediamond (Jennifer) : 5:16 PM ET
I think people that are on steroids not only hurting themselves they are cheating the persons that they are competing against because their opponents may not be on steroids and trying very hard on there own that is very UNFAIR.

Jennifer, Anderson, South Carolina.
Posted By Blogger bluediamond (Jennifer) : 5:23 PM ET
Thanks in advance for the 60 Minutes Gorillas story! I won't missed that! I can't wait!
AC360 has been so good for the last days! It's Christmas before time! Thank you!

Delphine, Paris, France
Posted By Blogger Délie : 5:28 PM ET
These guys are basically entertainers. It's not like they're putting the public at risk by using steroids. They risk nothing but their own long-term health and well-being.
Posted By Anonymous Duncan, Baltimore, Md. : 5:29 PM ET
If I wanted to pay to watch some losers on performance enhancing drugs, I'd shell out $2.00 and ride public transportation. It's cheaper and the seats are better.

Enjoyed the Casablanca reference, AC!

Angie, Milwaukee WI
Posted By Anonymous Eastsider : 10:28 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

I am an athlete myself, I think it is understandable that those baseball players are under certain pressure, but using performance enhancing drugs is absolutely equal to cheating. I am wondering while they are taking steroid, if they still remember the term " sportmanship" or they have already indulged in fame and record-breaking.
And be honest, dopping is everywhere in the world!!
Posted By Blogger Keith : 10:30 PM ET
How are they just now getting around to taking action on this topic? It is appalling that professional athletes can get away with this being the role models they are for children and teens. There needs to be regular random testing on all professional athletes.
Posted By Anonymous Monica : 10:35 PM ET
I'm really sick of this steriod stuff. i'm only 16 but even people my age are using steriods and it is such a disadvantage to the other girls who work all year round just to play or make the team same goes for baseball practice makes perfect i dont know where they got steriods make perfect

Cassie, Oak Forest, Illinois
Posted By Anonymous Cassie : 10:35 PM ET
Anderson, I'm playing devil's advocate here...our actors, actresses and musicians use face-lifts, tummy-tucks, nose-jobs, injections to beautify, and drugs to lose weight. Congress hasn't held hearings; the public hasn't protested. Yes, they are athletes, but they are also entertainers. I think we should hold olympic athletes to one standard and professional sports players to another standard. I, for one, enjoy a football game with lots of touchdowns and baseball games with lots of home runs.

Kristine, Richmond, VA
Posted By Anonymous kmlansing : 10:36 PM ET
Why not rate baseball with pro-wrestling? The players perform, the fans are entertained, ethics, honesty, integtity stay out and no one has to worry about being a role model for their children. Anything goes, right? Wrong, I'll stay home.
Posted By Blogger Di in Dayton : 10:38 PM ET
Anderson, I do wish that you had challenged Jeffrey Toobin tonight on his assertion that "everyone" cheered when McGwire and Sosa went ballistic on Maris's record in '98. We didn't, and we were not alone. Perhaps Jeff needs to re-examine his own fan(-atic) excesses, as it appears that he was too busy worshipping at the altar of Big Mac and Sluggin' Sammy to note that there were many of us who remained mute.
Posted By Anonymous Brian PC, Longwood, Florida : 10:41 PM ET
Just because a player chose to follow his attorney’s and union’s advice and not participate in Mitchell’s investigation should not automatically earn him a presumption of guilt. Likewise, just because one (1) trainer who was caught distributing drugs names several athletes as users doesn’t necessarily make the accuser’s information credible. Allowing TV news commentators to draw analogies between an athlete’s “up ‘n down” career in professional sports (from great to mediocre to great again) while attempting to tie it up with a steroids bow is, in my view, slanted at best. Taking a few isolated cases of ballplayers reinvigorating their careers and attributing them solely to steroid use is unfair especially if the pronouncement is coming from someone that has never played the game. Likewise, buying into Mitchell’s thesis (in the case of Clements) that Bryan McNamee had no reason to lie simply because his testimony was given voluntarily before Federal investigators is hilarious. I venture to guess that no one at CNN has read McNamee’s “plea deal” with the Justice Department and I doubt his testimony and production of a list of “supposed” users was anything less than involuntary. Even though it will be an extremely expensive undertaking, I personally hope that Clements does, in fact, sue MLB and force them to prove their allegations in both a court of law and public opinion.
Posted By Anonymous jcvsdallas;dallas, texas : 8:58 AM ET
I am a mother of a 14 year old son and am saddened by the increased awareness of steroid use among the sports stars. Its hard enough to keep the lines of communication open regarding drug use and other fatal subjects. I hope that the media will focus on the danger of use of steroids as it does on who is using them.
Posted By Anonymous Linda : 12:33 PM ET
I can't say that I am surprised. I'm thinking we all saw this coming. It is a shame and baseball needs to clean up it's act. You are right Anderson, it is not fair to others who are trying to break into sports either pro or amateur without an illegal substance. Unfortunately in our society, I guess you are always going to have people breaking the rules to try to get ahead. Well, as I look back on the pictures I took in St. Louis on the night that Mark McGwire broke the Home Run record, I will have a bad taste in my mouth. I think I will focus on the great friends I was with at that event and not what actually happened at the event itself. :) :) Living in St. Louis, one of the America's top baseball cities, it should be interesting to see what happens as Spring Training kicks off and the season starts. I hope the spotlight is still shining on this.

On another note, you and Kelly were a laugh riot this a.m. I loved each of your drunk girl imitations. I think we have all witnessed that. I hate to say this but Drunk Guys can act pretty strange too.. Ha Ha John McEnroe, wow, they were really drink. And they say drinking doesn't dull your senses.
Posted By Anonymous Mary H. St. Louis, MO : 1:24 PM ET
Just my opinion. Any player that has or is using steroids should 1. not be allowed into the hall of fame. 2. If they want to continue in baseball their pay should go back to base pay without any added incentives. 3. Fined 25% of total income they received from the time they started taking steroids.
Posted By Anonymous youtube/LobosCentral : 1:33 PM ET

As the saying goes, "Don't tell me what your values are, show me your budget and I will show you where they are." By looking at salaries of various professions in America, it is palpably evident that we, as a society, place an enormous value on exceptional athletes. If you were on the threshold of such status, the proverbial line of honor might appear somewhat blurred.

Regardless, during this holiday season it is disappointing to hear that even one’s integrity has a price tag, although it may be a great gift for my dad’s sports bar – (in a trophy case) “The Rocket’s Integrity”
Posted By Anonymous Ryan in Atlanta : 2:36 PM ET
Anyone who cheated should be punished. No Hall of Fame, no records on the record books. The biggest problem is all athletes may way too much money. These guys will do anything for all those millions. We need to wake up and start doing what is right !

Thanks for your straight forward, no nonsense, great reporting.
Posted By Anonymous Betty in Tennessee : 3:19 PM ET
This is old news. We know Sheffield used he told us 3 years ago. So how do we punish those who used but have stopped, the same as we would those who are still using and if so what is the punishment? If we do punish these players what can we do to make sure they do not use in the future? More drug tests? Will they be put into place? It's talk. It makes us feel as though something is being done when deep down we know it's not. When I was in high school there were people who would test for other people when a drug test came around, what's going to stop it? Like I said this is old news, it has happened, it is happening and will continue to happen.
Posted By Anonymous Randi - MI : 3:45 PM ET
Hi Anderson I feel like the baseball players that shoot up steriods think that they are using something that will not harm them, and it will make them better athletes. All I can think of is watching Lyle Alzado die of brain cancer. Everybody thinks that they are immortal but that's not the case. These players are only driving another nail in their coffin. Karen Denver
Posted By Anonymous Karen : 5:06 PM ET
Hi Anderson, baseball fans are really ticked off, understandably. It seems to me the only way to teach these players a lesson is to not show up at the games. I think that's the only way they'll "get it."

Edmonds, Washington
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