Thursday, December 6, 2007

Why Players Do Drugs; Case Study: Jose Guillen

Last month, Jose Guillen was implicated in a probe where he allegedly bought well over several tens of thousands dollars of worth of HGH and may possible face suspension.

Well, someone felt it was good to give him a contract...

The Major League Baseball Players Association is negotiating with MLB officials on a possible 10- to 15-day suspension for outfielder Jose Guillen for his reported involvement in the purchase of steroids and human growth hormone, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Wednesday.
"We told the commissioner's office my version of this whole affair, which in some ways has been handled with some errors in the media," Guillen was quoted as saying Tuesday by when asked about the situation.

Guess what? He got paid anyway! The Kansas City Royals gave him a 3 year, $36 million dollar deal!

When the Mitchell Report comes out, will anyone care? Well, we are all trying to keep kids away from drugs and discourage players from dabbling with it; however, what does the Jose Guillen contract say about the sport? He's a good ball player, but does anyone really care about the drug issue in sports?

Hmm, not really. Congrats Jose. So what if you get suspended - you get paid anyway and the joke is on the fans who care about this issue.

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