White House deputy drug czar Scott Burns thinks the Bonds indictment as a success, the upcoming Mitchell report on steroids in baseball as a positive and envisions a day when all research papers for sale pro sports will sign onto the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules.
“They don’t want to sign on right now, because it’s tough and it’s specific. And there are consequences and it can be monitored, and people will be caught and cheaters will be punished,” White House deputy drug czar Scott Burns said Tuesday. “But will they sign on eventually? Just about everyone in the world has.”
Or maybe they don’t want to sign on because the system is weighted heavily against athlete’s rights, or because professional athletes needn’t be held to the same standards that amateurs are, or maybe because there’s no real reason for athletes to agree to give up rights in the name of protecting themselves from risks, since they already take huge health risks.
I could probably list about a dozen more reasons why professional sports are resisting giving up control over their governance, or why athletes don’t want to involve themselves in an even greater degree of hypocrisy and double standards; but I can’t answer why the vast majority of sports “journalists” only see one side of this issue.