February 19, 2015
It is not a secret that the New York Yankees are treating Alex Rodriguez quite differently then they are treating Andy Pettitte.
These are two very productive Yankees whose careers, to one immeasurable degree or another, were boosted by banned drugs. And the franchise could not be treating them differently, doing their best to shun A-Rod while putting Pettitte on a pedestal.
The Yankees are still trying to find a way to get out of paying Rodriguez the ridiculous salary they gave him. After a one-year suspension, he is back and pretending all is well. Pettitte, meanwhile, just found out that the Yankees are going to honor him by retiring his number.
It could come down to this. Pettitte is a nicer man than Rodriguez. He is endearing to baseball fans. A-Rod is slimy.
But, that does nothing to change the basic hypocrisy at play between the two Yankees. While the team continues to keep A-Rod at a distance, it will retire Pettitte’s number and induct him into Monument Park.
I am all for teams having stances on if they are Pro-PED or anti-PED. But I do think they should have a consistent stance. It does not seem right to honor one admitted drug user while fighting another.
Pettitte admits to using performance-enhancing drugs in 2008 while Alex Rodriguez does the same a year later. But A-Rod’s image took a hit that Pettitte’s never did.
The entire issue is complex. Baseball will never escape from the nuances and hypocrisies of PEDs, and the Yankees hypocrisy is just another reminder.
And Then There Is Lance
Speaking of performance enhancing drugs, bad news keeps coming disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong’s way. Armstrong has been ordered to pay $10 million in damages to the sports insurance company that funded his bonuses for winning the Tour de France.
SCA Promotions paid Armstrong bonuses for winning the race in 2002 and 2003, but refused to pay in 2004 amid accusations of doping. Armstrong took them to court and won, saying in sworn testimony that he had never used performance-enhancing drugs.
Armstrong’s testimony included him saying that he races the bike straight up fair and square. The company took the matter to court after Armstrong admitted to doping in 2013.
The three-person tribunal who heard the case stated that Armstrong presented “an unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy. It is almost certainly the most devious sustained deception ever perpetrated in world sporting history.”
The panel also wrote that Armstrong “expressed no remorse to the panel for their wrongful conduct and continued to lie to the panel throughout the final hearing even while admitting to prior falsehoods and other wrongful conduct.”
Armstrong has been banned for life from any sport under the auspices of World Anti-Doping Agency code and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
In case you missed it earlier this month, Armstrong made headlines again when it came out that he allegedly hit two parked cars with his SUV in Aspen last December, and then asked his girlfriend to take the blame.
What a guy!
NFL Is Non-Profit?
Did you know that the NFL is a non-profit trade organization? My first response to learning this was that you have to be kidding me. No wonder embattled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes $35 million dollars a year.
The league has to do something with the obscene profits they made by gouging its fans with astronomical tickets costs.One benefit of being non-profit is that you do not have to pay taxes.
But the league is pulling in $10 billion annually now and politicians have calculated that the league avoids paying millions of dollars every year as a result of its non-profit status.
Congress may soon be asking Goodell to come to Washington to defend the league’s non-profit status.
That should be interesting. How will Goodell, who bungled the Ray Rice situation, Spy-Gate, and Bounty-Gate, handle questions about how the Super Bowl was not a for-profit event? The value of every NFL franchise has increased dramatically annually. Owners are enjoying profits from that and from television rights. How is this non-profit?