In sports, entertainment or any walk of life, we all like, appreciate and honor a great story. However, as well, things are not as they seem.
Honored and praised for his performance in the playoffs, Cleveland starter Paul Byrd impressed fans and experts alike with his clutch performances during the ALDS and ALCS.
Now, everything has lost it's luster. We don't know if the allegations are, or if he he was used in a while, but this morning it was revealed that Indian pitcher Paul Byrd bought some HGH in 2005.
Paul Byrd, who pitched the Cleveland Indians to the brink of the World Series with a victory in Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday, reportedly admitted to taking human growth hormone under a doctor's care.
"I have not taken any hormone apart from a doctor's care and supervision," Byrd told Foxsports.com. "The Indians, my coaches and MLB have known that I have had a pituitary gland issue for some time and have assisted me in getting blood tests in different states. I am currently working with an endocrinologist and will have another MRI on my head after the season to make sure that the tumor hasn't grown."
A report Sunday in The San Francisco Chronicle said Byrd bought nearly $25,000 worth of human growth hormone and syringes. According to Foxsports.com, Byrd did not dispute that account.
Needless to say, the news puts a damper on the whole run by the Indians. At this point, I'd say it could be possible anyone could have bought PED's now. I'm not shocked, but considering Paul Byrd's statements on being a Christian, his anti-steroid statements, and his good guy image (I have talked a bit with him in Baltimore one night), it was a little surprising, but I am not shocked by anything I hear. People often say one thing and do another all the time.
At this point, I am considering him guilty in light of the American legal procedure, as in this case, it there's smoke, there's fire.
Maybe he did it to improve and come back from injuries or healing. I'd suspect he'd wanted to keep his spot in the sport and as well for financial benefit.
Good people sometimes do stupid things; alas, temptation is hard to turn down sometimes.
In the end, I'm just curious as to why the news of Paul Byrd has been divulged now?