Im tired of drugs in sports, and subsequently would be willing to bet most of us are tired of the baseball’s list of 104 drug users and football’s over glorifying and downsizing of drugs users. The NBA has largely not had to deal with drugs ever since Stern cleaned up the NBA back in the 80’s (one of the few things that have held over his term as commissioner) I am largely concerned about Rashard Lewis’s positive drug test.
Please spare me the “I had no idea that this (insert product) contained a banned substance, and I apologize to (insert team, community, fans, etc) and sincerely take full responsibility, and largely condone (three random things that normally cause outrage in today’s world, possibly with a hint of speaking out against blank)” excuse it’s been tried tested and true, with little repercussion and often is swept under the rug soon thereafter.
Concerning Rashard Lewis I have no good reason to believe that he is lying about this instance but we all have been wrong before. Keep in mind that some people will drag out their time in the steroid or banned substance light with denials, and refusals only to be exposed later on. I can hope that Rashard’s situation is an oversight on his part, as by all accounts Lewis is a pillar in the community, and an overall good guy in NBA circles.
Here’s an excellent suggestion that I am sure has been made several times over. If you are a professional athlete and you are attempting to take anything for tiredness (as in Rashard’s case) or any other personal aliment please research it. Are you really telling me that Lewis couldn’t have gone online, or gone to a reputable doctor, or consult the team doctor? For someone who makes so much money, he couldn’t have paid someone to do it for him? These are all plausible scenarios that could have resulted in this whole situation being avoided without question.
Now with a growing list that includes Lindsey Hunter, Matt Gieger, Don Mclean, Darius Miles, and Rashard Lewis I am starting to believe that basketball has flown largely under the radar but has a growing problem that is affecting all sports today. Players can jump higher, recover faster and this is all natural? I think not. My patience for players such as Rashard Lewis is waning as ignorance is not an excuse if you are unable to perform your duties in the real world why should the NBA be any different. Mr. Lewis while you are suspended and contemplate your tale of woe, be extremely thankful that your sport is less scrutinized, and run by an inept commissioner as your punishment ultimately amounts to a slap on the wrist.