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The ethics of cheering

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 16, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

That ball A-Rod hit today was crushed, a no-doubter off the bat. But would you have rather somebody else won the game?

Here’s why I ask. The Patriots are my favorite team in the NFL and safety Rodney Harrison was one of my favorite players. But when he was suspended for HGH in 2007, I wasn’t sure how I felt.

Taking PEDs is cheating. It impugns the integrity of the game and it’s unfair to those players who perform naturally. It doesn’t matter if “everybody” does it or whether somebody used it once or twice. Right is right and wrong is wrong.

Knowing that Harrison cheated made it tough to root for him. It also led to questions. If he’s doing it, who else was? Tedy Bruschi? Richard Seymour? Tom Brady?

I have no way of knowing. None of us do, really. I’m pretty sure that every time somebody like Harrison, or A-Rod or Manny Ramirez gets caught, there are 50 other athletes who are glad it wasn’t them.

Alex claims he used for three years. But none of us have any idea whether that is actually true or not. There are dozens of performance-enhancing substances out there for which no tests exist. It’s a good step that MLB has a stricter testing program, but let’s not fool ourselves into thinking the sport is clean.

What do we as fans do? What is our right or wrong? If you were in the Bronx today with your son or daughter, what did you tell them?

It stinks, frankly. I’m sort of hoping Rodney Harrison retires because I don’t want to have to think about it every time I watch a game.

Meanwhile, I went back and forth as I wrote my story this afternoon about whether to use the word “steroids” anywhere. I decided not to. I wrote the moment, I wrote the celebration. Some would say that makes me a homer, just another enabler of a false idol. Maybe they’re right. There are no rules about any of this stuff.

Man, what a shot. Yankees win, the Yankees win. Everybody goes home happy.

But did that moment give you pause, if only for a split second? Be honest. I’d be curious to hear what you think because I sure can’t come up with an answer.

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