Will A-Rod Lose His Sponsors, Too?02.09.09
Alex Rodriguez took steroids.
I don’t even care anymore. If someone came out and said Michael Jordan took steroids, I wouldn’t be shocked. I’d be disappointed, but still not shocked.
At the same time, you could give lots of people steroids and workout regiments and put them third in the lineup and you’d never see the results that A-Rod has had. It’s not like he has no talent or skill and that everything we’ve watched over the years has been the direct result of shooting up or popping some pills.
I’m not condoning steroid use. It makes the already extremely difficult playing field incredibly unfair to those who are on the cusp of making the grade. I don’t consider it akin to cheating on a test in college, though. To me it’s more like having to take a timed test where everyone else has to write it out longhand and A-Rod has a laptop. It sure makes it easier and quicker by a longshot, but if he couldn’t write, it wouldn’t really help him all that much either way.
And so long as fans want to see home run records broken and there are hundreds of millions of dollars out there in contracts waiting to be doled out, there will be performance-enhancing drug abuse in professional sports. The public doesn’t want to know about it, but they’ll gladly enjoy watching its benefits pay off when they fork over $60 for a ticket and hot dog at the ballpark and A-Rod steps up to bat with the game on the line. (The fact that he hasn’t exactly been Mr. Clutch lately notwithstanding.)
It’ll be curious to see how many – if any – sponsors A-Rod will lose after this admission. If Phelps can lose Kellogg’s to a photo of him taking a rip off a bong, it follows that A-Rod should at least get dropped by some of his sports-related supporters.
Kellogg’s is to munchies what Gatorade is to steroids. Or something like that.