It has been several weeks since Mark McGwire confessed to his use of steroids and HGH during his career with the St. Louis Cardinals. Since then, people have gone back and forth about how and why this will impact his legacy as one of the greatest sluggers of all time.
While baseball is hardly my forte, I can not help but weigh in on this.
First and foremost, I would simply like to ask: Are we really surprised?!?!?!
This is about as astonishing as having Ray Charles confess that he is blind. Honestly, I would be much more surprised if McGwire was able to prove that he was NOT using performance enhancing drugs.
Seriously, the fact that this has caught anyone by surprise just stuns me. If you could not use deductive reasoning and common sense to figure out that McGwire was juicing then you have about as much real-world insight as Ms. Cleo.
However, his involvement in performance enhancing drugs is literally the least of my concerns. On the contrary, I am actually going to come out and give my support to this guy since he at the very least had the brass to come out and be formally judged by his peers and fans.
I have made it no secret that I do not personally agree with drug use. But at the same time, it is foolish to believe that professional sports will ever be an entity clean of drug use. There is simply too much money and pressure put on athletes to expect them not to cut corners.
With or without drugs, what McGwire accomplished was incredible. Steroids may make you stronger but I am willing to bet that you could pump me up with enough HGH to make McLovin look like Dwight Howard and I still couldn't smash 70 home runs in one season on the MLB level.
Whether or not he came out about this because he was feeling guilty or just wanted to improve his chances of getting into the hall of fame, I am truly sickened by the reaction that this has received.
All of a sudden people have the right to pass judgment on this man and declare him unfit for the hall of fame. Seriously, who do we think we are in this country? Most of the people talking trash about this guy couldn't pass a drug test to keep a job at their local Denny's!
Then, of course, there was the press conferences and the congressional panels. How hypocritical is that? Call out an athlete for lying in front of professional liars. Since when does congress get to say anything about dishonesty, or drug-use for that matter?
At the end of the day that is what bothers me. I accept that athletes use steroids because I live in a little place known as the real world. What I am not willing to put up with is all the people on their soap boxes acting as if they are a beacon of everything clean and just in the world.
The bottom line is simple. He deserves to be forgiven and left alone for his past drug use. He deserves a spot in the baseball Hall of Fame. His accomplishments were phenomenal and he does not deserve to have his legacy tarnished by a bunch of politicians who snort more coke than Bobby Brown.
The last point I would like to make is that congress should have far more important things to deal with than whether or not a baseball player took steroids.
Leave Mark McGwire alone and get over this delusion that athletes are sacred beings who never cheat. They are human beings just like the rest of us. Everyone needs to stop judging these people as if we are all so pure and perfect because at the end of the day we are all just as screwed up or worse than the athletes we insult.