I have to say that I totally agree with you on this. I watched a lot of the hearings yesterday, didn’t feel like doing much at work, and I was absolutely disgusted with the way our politicians in Congress acted. Don’t get me wrong, this is a hot topic and there were a lot of valid points made, but what really pissed me off was the part regarding the MLB and it’s players.
Congress appears to be missing the whole point at hand. The MLB is not the problem, not is it Big Mac’s fault that people use steroids. Whether he did or he didn’t I really don’t care. It’s as if Congress is using MLB as a scapegoat and ignoring the bigger problem at hand.
I was really disgusted at how they tried to get the players to admit to using steroids on national t.v. They repeatedly attacked Big Mac and the others even if they said they didn’t use steroids. McGwire was 100% correct when he stated that if they say no, then nobody believes, them but if they say yes they are forever ridiculed and investigated. Look at Canseco, no immunity so he didn’t say a thing at the hearing. The nerve of that guy to call everyone out and then pleading the 5th during the hearing, that pisses me off.
Then they had the nerve to attack the 5 strike rule that was set aside in the CBA, but yet they ignor the fact they have their own 3-strike rule for felonies etc. It just doesn’t make sense.
It’s my opinion that steroids, while proven to be bad for you, is a choice that an individual makes. Everyone is responsible for their actions. For those of us who choose to use supplements, we do so knowing the consequences but at the same time we use them in the manner in which they were intended.
Those kids in Texas, and the individuals that died using steroids probably didn’t take it because MLB playser did. They did it go get an edge and to increase their performance. They are old enough to understand the consequences of their actions and nobody should be held responsible for their actions except themselves.
But what really concerns me is because of this, Congress is going to make even more bad decisions regarding the use of supplements. Next thing you know, we will no longer be able to buy Grow!, or HOT-ROX, or any other great supplements because in some way shape or form, Congress will deem them bad without any kind of knowledge of the industry. Look at those guys, not a single one has probably played sports, or even touched a weight in their lives.
Sorry for the rant, but I can’t help but be a little upset at the way Congress is handling this situation. Thanks for letting me vent.