Originally Posted by vaticanplum
Except the very writers who built these players up when they knew they were juicing, because it behooved them to do so at the time, are now the ones taking a stance against them on moral grounds. And once again, they're doing so now because it appeases the current trend of public opinion and serves their own careers well.
Illegal? Maybe not. But it certainly doesn't sit well with me from a moral standpoint.
The job of a team owner is to run a profitable enterprise. The job of a union is to protect its members. The job of a journalist is to expose the truth. All are beholden to their own consciences in terms of where and how their value systems affect the way they do the job; I don't know what those value systems are, so I can't say who failed in that. But the way I see it, only one of those groups of people failed at the job.
Weren't baseball writers the ones who brought the whole steroid issue to light? Had it not been for journalists bringing our attention to the issue and putting pressure on MLB to deal with the issue, we might still have widespread PED use in baseball with no repercussions. Sure there were some writers who pumped up these guys and continued to marvel at them even after suspicion of PED use came to light. I seem to remember some of the earliest concerns were raised when sports writers noticed androstenedione in Mark McGwire's locker the year he was chasing Maris' record. And of course writers heavily reported the Balco investigation that brought Bonds' use to the attention of the general public. To say that writers as a whole ignored evidence of steroid use is unfair. I suspect the writers who didn't care about steroid use are the ones who actually voted for Bonds, Clemens, et. al. The union and the owners, who have clear leadership groups that dragged their feet on the issue can have joint blame placed on them. But sports writers have no such leadership and can't be taken to task as a whole because some felt steroid use was not important even while their colleages were putting more evidence out there and voicing their concerns about PED use in the game.