Falling On Deaf Ears: Does Anybody Care About Santana Moss' Situation?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2010

SEATTLE - JANUARY 05:  Wide receiver Santana Moss #89 of the Washington Redskins scores a touchdown on a 30-yard pass in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card game at Qwest Field on January 5, 2008 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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"Hey Doc, do you have any special pills that could make me play better?"

Okay, so that isn't a statement we hear every day, but you tell me how players acquire performance enhancing drugs?

It seems the NFL offseason is determined to pack a punch like past years have.  Brett Favre is having ankle surgery, Terrell Owens is still homeless, and Darrelle Revis is searching for an added bonus to line his wallet.

But in comparison, none of these add up to equalling the recent steroid allegations that have plagued the NFL.  The way I see it, it is like a wave.  Or I guess a tsunami.

It surges, then it goes back out to sea for a while.  However unfortunately, this tsunami is relentless on ruining players' careers.

Right now these allegations come at a time when we all thought we'd put the Brian Cushing issue well behind us, but as usual, the media once again delivers another bombshell of bad news. 

Yes, Santana Moss has been linked to the seemingly incoherent, HGH-smuggling doctor Anthony Galea.  It is a surprise to most, and normally I am interested in these type of controversial yet interesting stories, except, this time something is different.

It's hard to place a finger on it really, and it isn't something I thought I would ever say in relation to a story of this caliber, but I think I can sum it down to one simple statement that should ring true for most fans: "Care factor = 0."

Two years ago, if you'd presented me with this story, I would have contemplated it until the cows came home.

I like most people, couldn't get enough of these "steroid era" stories, and it really didn't matter if it was Mark McGwire or Manny Ramirez, as long as I was finding out that one player or another had been cheating, I was always interested in hearing about it.

Now though, these stories have become dry, and realistically it is like watching new episodes of The Simpsons.  The story is still there, but the spark and anticipation have seemingly disappeared.

So now I ask the question, do NFL fans really care about what Santana Moss is accused of?  For the most part, a slight cause for concern has been shown by Washington Redskin faithfuls, but for the rest of the NFL most people seem to be focusing on other more important issues.

For you see, the steroid era is dead.  People are over it, the interest has evaporated, and we're all tired of seeing desperate suspensions by leagues to try and "enforce" values into players like some form of rehabilitation centre.

With this said, it is important not to jump to conclusions in regards to Santana Moss' case.  He has only been "linked" to Dr. Anthony Galea, and the old saying of "Innocent until proven guilty" needs to come into effect.

I'm no police officer, but I have watched a fair few episodes of Cops in my lifetime.  I am also no Santana Moss homer, but I do feel that this NFL veteran does deserve respect when it comes to judging whether or not Santana has done something wrong.

Trust Mike Shanahan to get involved in this issue, but he has done right by his player in this instance.

"Let's just wait and see before we throw him underneath the bus," said Shanahan, who pointed out: "Just because he's been associated with a doctor doesn't mean this person's guilty."

As for the steroid era, I feel that Mike Wilbon recently summed it up nicely.  When this topic appeared on PTI, he offered a simple answer, "Who cares, I'm tired of these stories."

Even though I am no Santana Moss homer, I am a strong follower of Mike Wilbon, and once again I feel he speaks the truth on this issue.

The steroid era is present, and it does pose a problem, but I feel the old school Jerry Seinfeld approach should be taken of "That's a shame."

We know these athletes have done something wrong or at least been accused of doing something wrong, but how does tuning into endless hours of scrutiny, analyzing and criticism really solve anything?

That's right, it doesn't.  Cheating is part of life, and unfortunately it is now a part of sports.  I don't like it, and I certainly don't condone it.  However, in Santana Moss' case, these issues are getting out of hand.

To quote legendary professional wrestler Ric Flair, "To be the man, you got to beat the man", if a player has to use steroids to accomplish this in some kind of desperate attempt to achieve his 15 minutes of fame, so be it. 

We all know he will get caught out in the long run.


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