As incriminating as Geroge Mitchell’s report on anabolic steroid use is against some of the top players in the league, Mitchell says, “I urge the commissioner (of MLB) to forego imposing discipline on players for past violations.” HELLO, George, it’s still cheating! Just because we didn’t catch them in the act doesn’t make it right! And of course, MLB Players Union executive director, Don Fehr, said “Senator Mitchell’s recommendation that players should not be disciplined is certainly welcomed.” Well it certainly is! In some ways, I wish I could’ve not been punished when I got caught doing something wrong after the fact. Actually, I don’t think any of my wrong doing as a kid was ever caught “in the act.”
Now what does this say to our younger athletes? What kind of example does this set? How long before some attorney doesn’t invoke the Bart Simpson defense (I didn’t do it, you didn’t see me do it, you can’t prove a thing,” when a person is caught in some activity, but after the fact? What happens when this defense slides all the way down to elementary school, pop warner football, youth soccer leagues, little leagues and anywhere else kids are involved?
And what about the current fraud situation in the mortgage and real estate industry? Does the fact that the parties weren’t caught in the act make it OK? Hardly!
Radical, alarmist view of the situation? Maybe, but personally I don’t think so. The whole thing should be cause for thought, though.
This view is only Tim Wallace’s and doesn’t necessarily represent the views of My Az Home Team or Keller Williams Integrity First Realty.