The former CEO of WorldCom, Bernard Ebbers, was convicted Tuesday of engineering the largest corporate fraud in the history of the United States.
From Ebbers, to Enron’s Kenneth Lay, Health South’s Richard Serushy, and even Martha Stewart, there has been swindling of corporate America that has forced mistrust by investors nation-wide. Major League Baseball is in the middle of their scandal and many former and current baseball stars are cheating their investors — the fans.
Steroids has taken front row and center in the sport and the season has yet to begin. Last year the BALCO investigation heated up the controversial topic when stars like Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi testified and admitted to taking steroids. Giambi came clean and publicly said he did “knowingly” take the muscle-enhancing and illegal supplements. But Bonds said he didn’t know — gimme a break — that the cream he was applying to his body was indeed steroids.
Leaks on the testimony forced MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to force the players’ union to agree to a stricter steroids use policy for abusers. However, a 10-day suspension for a first-time offense is a slap on the wrist during a 162-game season.
Then, Jose Conseco came out recently with his controversial book and linked home run king Mark McGwire to steroids as well. Finally, after a year of turmoil surrounding the topic and still questions swirling about whether baseball is clean, the House of Government Reform subpoenaed six baseball stars, McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Frank Thomas, Curt Schilling, Canseco and Rafael Palmeiro, Commissioner Selig, players’ union chief Donald Fehr, baseball executive vice presidents Rob Manfred and Sandy Alderson and San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers to testify today about their knowledge of rampant steroid use in the game.
There is no place for steroids in baseball.
Young players look up to these athletes as role models and here they are cheating those who have supported the game through thick and thin. It’s time the players cleaned up the game and its reputation as “America’s passtime.”
Until these cheaters come clean and make an effort to earn back the trust of their loyal fans, the sport will be tainted along with any records that may fall due to baseball’s lack of backbone and creditability to fix the steroids crisis in house.