For many of the athletes on the Mitchell list, several have come out and acknowledged their use. But the dates are important here too!
MLB did not ban the use of these PED's until quite recently. If they were not illegal when taken, how can the athletes be held up as criminals now?
Thats like saying every stock car that raced without a restrictor plate is now going to be stripped of any titles won prior to restrictor plates even having been developed!
Was it ethical? Thats not for me to say. But if they were taking them when they were not banned, and did not take them after the ban, then there is no case to be debated. If they took them after the ban, then thats another situation altogether.
Another point that bugs me-. These PED's must be taken on an extended regular basis, not just once or twice, for them to have the magical effects most people seem to think they have.
It's ridiculous to think that if I got one or two shots of juice, that I would hit like Bonds or Maguire or run like Marion. In each case of proven use, a schedule always seem to come out, showing the use took place over an extended period of time.
I have not heard anybody discuss this as part of the report. Only the cry of "PED's are illegal/ banned, and these people took them!" The context is missing and therefore dimishes the entire report, IMO.
It was asked earlier if steroids and HGH aren't illegal, full stop. No, they are not! They are controlled substances, to be prescribed by a licensed medical physician. I was injected with steroids to help fight an infection in my leg earlier this summer. Am I a criminal? HGH was developed and is administered to promote accelerated healing of injuries. If prescribed by a Dr, does that make using them illegal? If an athlete buys these drugs without a legitimate scrip, then you have another case to try.
Just like with druggies, it's not the use of the drug which is illegal, it's the purchase and possession of them which is. (unless operating a motor vehicle or bicycle under the influence, again, another type of case)
I am not condoning the use of PED"s or drugs. But unless it can be proved that these drugs were used AFTER the bans were established, and that they were obtained illegally, then I do not see where the public 'outing' of those players on the list was warranted. With this report and list, these players were judged guilty before the media court, the evidence nothing but the statements of a few individuals. No charges have been filed (other than Bond's obstruction charges) against any athlete for having violated either of the two standards I previously mentioned. Granted, the Grand Jury is certainly looking at who they can make a sacrificial lamb, to prove how 'tough' they are on PED use.
A law is either in the works or possibly just passed here in Texas, where ANY HIGH SCHOOL athlete may be tested for PED use at any time. They must obviously believe that a serious problem exists even at that level. If it does exist, then I hope this contains it. But I surely hope this is not just a politicians effort to chase shadows, in the effort to show that something is being done about this terrible epidemic.