Showing how much he has learned about public relations, Alex Rodriguez has owned up to using steroids, claimed he was young and naive, and then blamed the reporter who wrote the story, lying that she had been charged with criminal trespass on his personal property.
I wonder if these athletes get their PR advice from whomever gave it to Mike Tyson (which I would suspect is one of the several voices that existed in Mike Tyson’s head).
First off, coming clean was good. The part about young and naive was not so good, the firing back at the messenger was low class.
To wit: Alex Rodriguez’ drug test, along with some 104 others which were found to be positive, were supposed to be destroyed after their use. It seems that either Major League Baseball or the Players’ Union could have ordered these tests destroyed, but never did.
There is a lot of talk about the players’ union really screwing up. I’m not sure I go with that.
If the tests were not destroyed, everyone on the planet knows that it was just a matter of time before a disgruntled employee, private investigator, government investigator, district attorney, overly curious fan, etc etc got their hands on them and outed at least some of those who tested positive.
Here is the question: who stands the most to gain from those tests getting out?
–the media: anything to keep a good story going; though they clearly did nothing but taking advantage of what turned out to be a good source.
–MLB: MLB has been crowing about how good their testing is, there is no need to dredge up what is supposed to be “the past”.
–MLB players: interestingly, the honest players of baseball have the most to gain from this happening. If the guilty are outed, the cloud that has settled over the entire game of baseball could clear away. Right now, all players are under some ridiculous suspicion. The honest are punished with the guilty. If the names are released, there is a chance that the innocent can at least clear their names (not that you can prove a negative, of course).
I wonder if the union might have just let this go with the hope that the majority of players; the innocent ones, might finally be able to separate themselves from others.
There has been discussion about Hall of Fame voters writing off the past ten years or so of eligible players, given the doubt that exists over who has used performance enhancing chemicals.
Unions are generally designed to protect employees from employers, however there are times when employees are in conflict with each other. What does the union do then? I wonder if given the conflict, the union may have let this detail slide in an attempt to help most of their members?