I’m sure not. For years we’ve listened to athletes like Pete Rose deny, deny, deny for over a decade that he gambled on baseball, only to eventually admit to the truth. For years we’ve listened to players like Lance Armstrong deny, deny, deny and point to never failing a PED test only to eventually come clean about doping.
It’s gotten to the point where any time an athlete denies an accusation or points a finger to someone else (Rafael Palmerio blaming Miguel Tejada, Michael Vick blaming his cousin), I simply say “just give it time – they will eventually admit to what they did.”
When are athletes going to realize that the lie and cover-up is worse than the thing they did wrong (in most cases – in Vick’s case the lie was nowhere near what he did wrong)? Look at a player like Andy Pettitte – once his name was released in the Mitchell Report, he held a press conference and came clean. Yes, he is forever tarnished for admitting to HGH use, however, he is not held in the same regard as players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and even Lance Armstrong. Even Jason Giambi admitted to knowingly using steroids during the BALCO trial (unlike Barry Bonds who admitted to “unknowingly” using it).
When are athletes going to realize that in this day and age, with all the technology available to people and a 24/7 news cycle that everything and anything they ever do is captured by someone somewhere. It’s not a matter of “does the evidence exist?” it’s just a matter of “when will the evidence come out?” All it takes is for someone who knows what happened to be investigated for something and then your name comes out – this is how Lance Armstrong finally got busted; his former US Postal Service teammates were all being investigated for their doping and they all turned on him.
In the case of Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzales, Melky Cabrera et al, all it took was for a clinic in Miami to be tied to Manny Ramirez’ positive test in 2009 for the Feds to start looking and watching the clinic – over time, they uncovered evidence implicating everyone. At least in the BALCO case (and the only reason Barry Bonds wasn’t convicted of more than obstruction of justice) the higher ups in BALCO kept records that didn’t list anyone by name and Bonds’ trainer was even willing to go to jail for contempt rather than turn on Bonds. In Miami, the records list the players by name (or nicknames) and fully detail all the orders, shipments and regimens the players were on. I’m also sure that the doctors within the clinic will be more than happy to provide witness testimony to other things the Feds haven’t found yet.
Athletes are human – they will make mistakes. However, we as sports fans are also human – we are quick to forgive almost any transgression; as long as you don’t try to hide what you did or lie for decades about it. It seems that most athletes still haven’t learned this lesson – even though they’ve seen what Lance Armstrong and others have gone through after finally admitting to what they did.
I personally don’t care if Ray Lewis used deer antler spray to help comeback quicker from his torn tricep muscle. However, I do care that the stuff that’s in deer antler spray is banned by the NFL and thus Lewis knew better. I don’t care that ARod used HGH (after all, HGH was never tested for until last season and I’m sure plenty of players switched to HGH instead of steroids once ‘roids began to be tested for); however HGH was against baseball rules so using it is trying to cheat. Right or wrong, it is against the rules of their respective games and as leaders in their sport, they need to be setting the example for how to play the game within the rules, not for how to maximize what they can get away with.
So Alex Rodriguez, Ray Lewis and anyone else named in the recent stories coming out of Miami can continue to deny their involvement to their hearts content – this sports fan ain’t buyin’ it. I say just wait a year or two and all the evidence will come out and then these athletes will be forced (either willingly or under oath) to admit what they did.
What do you think? Do you buy thier denials? Do you buy one denial more than the other? Vote in the poll below and feel free to comment with your thoughts.
Do you believe Alex Rodriguez and Ray Lewis denials?
- I'm not buying either one (54%, 7 Votes)
- I believe only Ray Lewis (31%, 4 Votes)
- I believe only ARod (8%, 1 Votes)
- I believe them both (8%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 13