The first hammer in Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis investigation fell hard on Ryan Braun.
As you know by now, Braun admitted to using PEDs agreed to a 65-game suspension on Monday and will missed the rest of the 2013 season and lose $3.4 million in salary. The evidence against Braun is reportedly an anthill compared to the information MLB has against Alex Rodriguez.
For me, the worst part of this Biogenesis crisis, or whatever you want to call it, is not players using performance-enhancing drugs. The problem is just as bad in other sports (football, cycling, Olympics), however baseball gets the brunt of the criticism from fans for reasons that I cannot explain.
PEDs will never go away. Testing will never be good enough. Athletes will always be looking for an edge over the competition. I’m not saying that’s a good or bad things, just pointing out this is the way of the modern sports world, for better or worse.
The issue I have with Braun, and other a-holes like him, is the web of lies athletes like him spin to protect themselves.
Braun is just as bad as Rafael Palmario wagging his finger to Congress, Lance Armstrong bullying just about everyone in cycling and Roger Clemens misremembering his entire career.
Sports have proven over time that if an athlete seeks forgiveness and offers a serious apology (sorry Ryan, this phony statement doesn’t cut it), fans and media will be willing to give that athlete a second chance. Just look at Jason Giambi, Andy Pettitte and Mark McGwire.
Those who vehemently deny PED allegations not only make themselves look bad, but they also betray the trust of their teammates, fans and whoever else bought their loads of crap.
Just once, I would like to see an athlete caught using PEDs own up to it. Just once. How refreshing would that be?