Sports are mostly tales of pride and accomplishments by individuals. Sports is a place whereby if things are going lousy with the economy or whatever, you can always turn to sports to take your mind off of a losing stock market, unemployment, or the latest in company closings. At least it used to be that way in sports.
These days, there is no place to turn to get a break from bad news, even in sports. From Michael Phelps and his bong to countless other stories from the world of sports, there is no escape from bad news today. Let’s take a look at some sports stories that are pretty recent bad news stories in sports. Incidently, there were several stories with Texas ties.
Alex Rodriguez and steroids:
Alex Rodriguez tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2003, when he was with the Texas Rangers and won the AL home run title and MVP award, according to a report by Sports Illustrated.
According to the report, which was posted Saturday morning on SI.com, sources told the publication that Rodriguez was on a list of 104 players who tested positive that year, when Major League Baseball conducted survey tests to see if mandatory, random drug-testing was needed.
Sources who know about the testing results told Sports Illustrated that Rodriguez tested positive for testosterone and Primobolan, an anabolic steroid.
In 2003, there were no penalties for a positive result.
Even as I am writing this entry I see this on ESPN:
Jamal Anderson in jail onn drug charges
area jail late Saturday night on a felony possession-of-cocaine charge and possession-of-marijuana charge, a misdemeanor.
Anderson, an NFL analyst for ESPN’s First Take this past season, was booked into the Fulton County jail in Georgia and denied bond.
His first hearing was set for Monday morning, the Fulton County sheriff’s office said Sunday.
Anderson, 36, was arrested at the Peachtree Tavern in the community of Buckhead after an off-duty officer working security at the club alerted police, according to The Associated Press, citing a police spokesman.
Police found a suspected marijuana cigarette in Anderson’s pocket, local reports said. Another man with Anderson was also arrested. Police said both men were in possession of cocaine, according to the reports.
“We just learned of this situation, and it is not appropriate for us to comment until we have more information,” said George McNeilly, senior director of communications at ESPN, in a statement.
It seems like drugs played a big part in all three of these stories. Why do athletes do drugs so bad? Is that the normal culture of society today? Is this a mirror of today’s society in America? Pop a pill, feel better?
I’ve done alot of bad things in my life, but I am very thankful drugs wasn’t one of them.