McGwire Used Steroids: LaRussa Plays Dumb and Bob Knight Plays Dumber

Kevin MurphyCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2010

Mark McGwire has admitted to using steroids on and off for at least a decade.  Is this news?  I think Tony LaRussa's reaction, and Bobby Knight's reaction are more news worthy than the actual admission from McGwire. 

Anyone who thought McGwire was clean should be hit in the head with a tack hammer because you are without a doubt a complete and total moron.  Just the thought of McGwire ever being clean is comical. It always has been. It's like saying Ozzie Osbourne was clean back in the 80's. 

Everyone has known for years that McGwire was a prolific juicer.  Behind Bonds, McGwire has to be considered the biggest steroid user the game has ever seen.  He now sits at the same table as ex teammate, and fellow bash brother Jose Canseco.

Say what you want about Jose Canseco. Tell me he is a scum bag. Tell me he is a bad guy, and that he is a rat.  I would agree with all of that, but make no mistake about it.  Canseco was right once again.

The guy does nothing but tell the truth when it comes to steroids and the steroid era.  His word is gospel when it comes to this stuff.  He has nothing to lose, and has everything to gain.  Why wouldn't Canseco do anything but tell the truth?  Every single time a player gets caught up or comes clean, Canseco has already told us they were dirty. When are we going to start taking what this guy says a bit more serious?  Once again, there is one man smiling today. That man is Jose Canseco, and he keeps screaming, I told you so.   

Let's quickly reflect on the statement McGwire made today. In a statement sent to the Associated Press that lasted twenty minutes, his voice repeatedly cracking, McGwire stated "It's very emotional, it's telling family members, friends and coaches, you know, it's former teammates to try to get a hold of, you know, that I'm coming clean and being honest," he said. "It's the first time they've ever heard me, you know, talk about this. I hid it from everybody."  McGwire went on to say  "I wish I had never played during the steroid era," and followed that by later stating, "I never knew when, but I always knew this day would come."  It's time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected." 

Really Mark, Now it's time?  Please, just save it.  You are a joke!  You are a disgrace to the game.  I honestly hope I never have to hear this clown say another word as long as I live.  With pitchers and catchers reporting to camp soon, I fear this is only the beginning.

Speaking of clowns, Tony LaRussa went on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" shortly after the McGwire news broke.  LaRussa has supported and backed McGwire through several years of steroid speculation.  Today LaRussa sounded like a babbling fool in the interview he gave to ESPN.  He should be as ashamed as McGwire today for the stance he has taken on steroids over the past decade.    

In the interview LaRussa said he didn't know McGwire had used steroids until the slugger had admitted using performance-enhancing drugs in the phone call to the manager earlier Monday.  Later in the interview he goes on to say he knew all along what baseball during the steroid era was all about. 

Well Tony, which is it?  Stop contradicting yourself, and get off the fence for christ sake.  Tell us you knew all along, because you did!  Don't play us for fools.  We deserve better than to have some pompous talking head belittle us over and over.  I'm sick of this clown.  He is a great manager, but at the same time LaRussa comes off as a very ignorant, dumb, and naive human being.

As if it couldn't get worse than the LaRussa interview, "Baseball Tonight" felt it necessary to track down close friend of LaRussa's, Bobby Knight.  Why this guys opinion matters at all on this topic is beyond me.  However, Knight went on to share this enlightening perspective on steroids and performance enhancing drugs. 

Knight said, "I have a different approach to performance-enhancing drugs than a lot of people do.  My question is, Who decides what can be used and what can't be used, and on what basis is that decision made? You know, Gatorade is a performance-enhancing substance. It replaces electrolytes in the human body that are used up through extreme exercise. So I've always had a really skeptical approach to all this performance-enhancing stuff."  Bob Knight ladies and gentleman.

Maybe Bobby Knight is on to something.  Maybe HGH and steroids should be likened to that of Gatorade.  In fact I hope this theory catches on.  What a simple world Bobby must live in.  If we all saw things as clear as this guy the entire world would probably be a much better place. Thank's Bobby! Thank you for making me see everything so much more clearly.  Now go away and don't ever come back. Ever!