Today’s si.com column …

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… is on Roger Clemens, and the sin of vanity.

Or, as Big Daddy Kane used to say, “Pimpin’ ain’t easy.”

5 thoughts on “Today’s si.com column …”

  1. This whole Roger Clemens thing is absurd, and it has little to do with Clemens.

    Steroids/HGH were an open secret in that era of baseball. It was an unfortunate part of the game that nobody discouraged, we all silently encouraged, and was something that made baseball a ridiculous amount of money. The same people who enabled it – owners, managers, executives, commissioners, media, fans – are now the same people who are decrying these athletes. But the only thing that has changed was that it went from being an open secret to simply being open, prompting everyone to be accountable for their own compromised morals. No longer could people honestly say “I realize that these guys are probably taking steroids but I really like seeing a ball hit 500 feet.” Now we had to do what everyone does when the shit hits the fan: place blame. So rather than everyone collectively saying “my bad,” we have to shift the blame to the same people who we were silently compelling to do steroids in the first place.

    Some, like Pettitte, A-Rod, McGwire, others, have owned up to it. But others, like Clemens, Bonds, and Sosa, have denied it. This is all not really a big deal in the whole scheme of things. It’s baseball, after all. It’s the National Pasttime but only a pasttime nonetheless. Until Congress got involved. Then there were hearings and now there is an indictment. Someone faces possible jail time for lying about cheating to the people who represent everyone who turned their back to the cheating in the first place. It’s ridiculous. I don’t like Clemens or Bonds one bit, but no one should go to jail for anything having to do with steroids in baseball. We are all to blame, not just Clemens. Lying to Congress is a serious offense, yes, but at some point shouldn’t we all – perhaps through our elected officials – just step back and finally say “my bad”? We all are responsible for steroids in baseball. No one should go to jail for that.

  2. hey, not for nothing, but this “random act somehow deemed valuable by our society — is important and powerful and worthy of great riches and praise and status” has afforded you and every other sports reporter the chance to achieve your own riches, praise and status, hasn’t it?

  3. All in all, Jeff is right. It is one thing to make a lot of money, it is another to throw in the face of your supporters, with ego and narcissistic attitude of your own being. And feeling like you are above what people stand for, I hope “The Rocket” gets a little taste of TRUTH JUSTICE, and the American way thown right at his head! Retaliation for STUPIDITY!!!

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