Okay, now that I’ve got that off my chest, let me repeat myself.
Major League Baseball is a joke.
Somewhere, lost in all the incessant Jeremy Lin coverage that ESPN has been shoving down our throats, we lost sight of the fact that last season’s Most Valuable Player was accused of taking steroids and has since by been exonerated, all because of a technicality. Word on the street is his drug test was “mishandled.”
The “proper protocol was not followed” excuse that baseball is feeding us borders on the ridiculous. Braun (allegedly) failed a drug test in October, 2011. It’s now February 2012 and we’re just finding out now that he’s ‘not guilty.’ I’ve had airlines return lost luggage sooner than that.
Never mind the fact that Ryan Braun is Jewish or that he plays for the Milwaukee Brewers, a team formerly owned by 77 year old commissioner Bud Selig. I’m not crying conspiracy theory (or am I) but this whole thing insults our intelligence.
Dare I suggest that the Ryan Braun story is BIGGER than both the NFL and NBA pre-season labor disputes? Those leagues were arguing over money, not integrity. Here we have a former league MVP accused of violating “the strictest drug policy in all of professional sports” in a sport that is only recently recovering from a scandal that stands to discredit every modern record it holds dear.
Now we’re expected to believe Braun’s innocent because Fedex didn’t get some Tupperware to the lab on time? What a brilliant excuse. Why didn’t Roger Clemens think of it sooner? And how does Fedex feel about being thrown under the bus or did Major League Baseball pay them off as the patsy of the pee test? When it absolutely, positively has to be there over night, my ass.
I’m not suggesting Braun is guilty but this is what we were all told a few months back. Did it really take them four months to invent some lame “lost in the mail” excuse? Why didn’t they just come out and say their dog ate it?
Think about it, which is more believable? The fact that Major League Baseball covered up that its MVP used performance enhancers or that his pee test got lost in the mail? When’s the last time you didn’t get a bill in the mail? Ever?
And what of the over-extended pee test? Were there guys in lab coats standing around a lab, staring at Braun’s expired stool sample, and asking what to do now? Why do I feel like more and more that those around me are extras from the cast of Idiocracy?
I’m hesitant to send these thoughts to the major network(s) for fear my website will be shut down. The long arm of the rat reaches far.
Let me just finish this rant by saying, I really don’t care which athletes take which drugs to enhance their performance. But the fact that the institutions platform so heavily against it, then blame their futility on a mailman and expect us to believe that, is absolutely ludicrous, not to mention hypocritical.
Hopefully someday soon, professional sports, and the networks that cover them, will realize that fans are not stupid. We just don’t give a shit.