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After baseball announced the suspensions of Brian brawn Alex Rodriguez and twelve others fans across the land have been left to sort it all out.
It's been suspected for a long time now confirmed that some of the best baseball players of our generation are not playing on a level playing field sadly.
An institution that has long held a special place in the hearts of Americans has led us down.
And let's call it for what it is cheating.
Long known for honor and standards baseball now regrettably.
Has slipped along with the rest of society.
In reflecting a steep decline in character and values what these players have achieved was not obtained fairly.
It -- statistics awards or money it is all come to them in a fraudulent matter.
What we don't have here are the indisputable facts or even a single positive drug test by any of those suspended.
This only adds to the confusion.
How can it be that all of these people -- jaded yet none have failed a drug test.
It leads us all to wonder how many more sitting out there that are dirty.
Yet continue to play because the testing system is still several steps behind catching goals or deliberately violating the rules.
Nine years ago at the White House I asked former team owner and then president George W.
Bush if he believe that what he was seeing on the field was real.
His response was that he wasn't sure but he hopes all and he wanted to -- both playing the benefit of the doubt.
Today it's clear that they no longer deserve any benefit of any doubt.
Those who have engaged in this dishonesty now unfairly -- -- a whole group of people we're trying to do it right.
It takes hundreds of players who are innocent and lump them together with the few who were guilty or could be guilty.
But there's even a bigger question for the tens of millions of Americans who follow baseball if the game is no longer -- Why care about the results the -- in many locker rooms across the nation and I've personally heard it uttered by many who play some kidding -- -- and some not.
Is that if you're not cheating you're not trying.
The win at all cost attitude is pervasive it dominates the landscape and this is not just about sports.
With -- on the line so much money to be made so much glory to be achieved so much fame to be had those who initially sought to do it right.
End up doing it wrong.
So are we witnessing amazing human athletic achievement in the pursuit of excellence are we simply seeing who has the best chemist.
And who -- the most proficient at being able to avoid detection.
Today we really don't know.
The problem is how do you stop this physical cheating when the penalties for an infraction are so light.
Yes there will be loss of credibility for those were caught but the public and the players move on.
Now it appears the baseball finally sees that it is in -- if this cheating continues.
If the fans cannot trust the outcome of what they're paying for eventually they will stop turning over their very hard earned dollars.
So forget the moral and ethical aspects that simply about business.
On all sides understands that.
Perhaps former commissioner Fay Vincent had it -- a few days ago when he said one -- strike and you should be out permanently.
Banned from the game forever unfortunately.
We're a long way from that happening.
As for really cleaning it up well we're already almost two decades into this thing yes this was a step forward.
This is only the first and baseball.
Still has a very long way to go.
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