With JC Romero’s impending 50 game suspension, Bud Selig came out yesterday and said absolutely nothing about it. What he did say was how he’d like to be remembered as the guy who tried to clean up baseball and talked about how the criticism affects him. In an article on MLB.com, Selig was quoted as saying, “I don’t want to hear the Commissioner turned a blind eye to this or he didn’t care about it,” Selig said in a telephone interview with Wallace Matthews of Newsday. “That annoys the you-know-what out of me. You bet I’m sensitive to the criticism. The reason I’m so frustrated is, if you look at our whole body of work, I think we’ve come farther than anyone ever dreamed possible.” Selig also said that he would “would have to think” about suspending Alex Rodriguez, who admits to steroid use from 2001-2003.
He is going to “think” about it? It is my impression that Mr. Selig “thinks” about very little these days, except for saving face on his part. As for his sensitivity to criticism, perhaps he should channel that emotion into something more positive? Say, doing the right thing instead of crucifying a man who has done nothing wrong for fear of looking soft?
The only thing JC Romero is guilty of is not dialing some vague 800# to triple and quadruple check on the supplement he took. After Romero’s suspension, the drug company came out and apologized, saying the supplement would cause a false positive for steroids. Then, a few days later, the FBI shut that company down for illegal practices. Not to mention that the MLB Players union told Romero it was ok to purchase supplements, such as the one he took, at GNC. He had multiple people check the label and all agreed nothing in it was a banned substance.
A 50 game suspension is the same punishment that would be given to an actual cheater; someone like Alex Rodriguez, who DID take a banned substance. And yet, Romero gets 50 games while Selig has to “think” about whether to suspend A-Rod? Mr. Selig’s moral compass has clearly gone astray.
Not only does this hurt the Phillies as a team, but that is really the least of the issues. What about Romero’s reputation and good standing in the community? What about his family and friends? What about the fans who support him? Mr. Selig seems to take a stance of ‘screw them all, I will do whatever I want.’ Who is Selig accountable to? Can the fans protest and have HIM suspended? Why are some men held above the law of the land and others must pay for someone else’s mistakes?
Bud Selig has one chance to redeem himself and gain the credibility he so obviously desires; reduce the suspension on Romero. Do the right thing. Someone once told me that it was not hard to do the right thing; knowing what the right thing is becomes the actual challenge. Once you know, it is easy to do what is right. Mr. Selig: You know.
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