When Did Cheating in Sports Become OK?

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IJune 22, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 13:  Roger Goodell the NFL commissioner addresses the media following his meeting with former New England Patriots video operator Matthew Walsh on May 13, 2008 at the Intercontinental Hotel in New York City. Walsh was there to discuss videotaping practices used by the Patriots in the Spygate controversy.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

I know I am going to probably take some heat for this from the very few people that actually read it, but I have to get this off my chest.

Can someone please tell me when it became acceptable here in the United States to cheat?


In 1989, Pete Rose was caught placing bets on baseball games, including 52 games that the Reds were a part of. From what I hear—and this is speculation—he never bet against his team.

Rose, who would have been a Hall of Famer, was declared ineligible for the hall because of this transgression.

Can someone please tell me how this is worse than Mark McGwire and then Barry Bonds shattering the home run records while on steroids?

Can someone please tell me how this is worse than injecting human growth hormones into your body so you can hit a ball further?


The '00 Patriots started out at an unbelievable rate. They won three Super Bowls in the first half of the decade.

In 2007, Eric Mangini turned the Pats in for taping defensive signals of opposing teams. The NFL punished the Patriots by fining Robert Kraft $250,000. They also fined head coach Bill Belichick $500,000, and the team lost their first round draft pick.

All evidence was then destroyed by the NFL, so that there would be no way of knowing exactly how far the cheating went.

If you read this article, Belichick admitted to cheating dating back to 2000, when he was hired by the Patriots.


Jan. 31, 2009: In a rematch between Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn, St-Pierre rubbed Vaseline all over his body between rounds so that Penn would not be able to use his wrestling holds. The article can be found here.

Cheating happens in every sport. Some use drugs, others find other ways to cheat, but until we, the fans, decide that we have had enough, it will not end.

I can understand the importance of winning and that teams need to do whatever they can to succeed. However, that needs to stay within the rules of the game.

As a youth coach, I am finding it harder and harder to explain to these children how it does not benefit them to cheat.

A-Rod failed a drug test and then was caught lying about it. What was his punishment? Nothing.

What argument do I have that can compare with $250 million?

In comments I have had with mainly Patriots fans, they bring up the steroid allegations of the 1970s Steelers. My argument is that at that time steroids were not illegal and not against the rules of the NFL.

Steroids were commonly used by players in every sport, because the dangers of them were not known. At that time, steroids could be purchased at any pharmacy without even needing a prescription.

If the Steelers that won the Super Bowl last year were to be found cheating to win it, as in taping defensive signals, I would not recognize them as the champs.