Rafael Palmeiro is a cheat and liar.
It’s plain and simple folks, Palmeiro the newest member of the exclusive 3000 hit club and more exclusive member of the 500 home run/3000 hit club, now a tainted member of both clubs, has tested positive for steroids. Is this proof enough for the head-in-the-sand crowd?
Is the apology to Jose Canseco in the mail?
Jose said it, Rafael denied it, the failed drug test proved it. There’s no doubt that Palmeiro is now ruing the day that he decided to point the finger at the Congressional Committee and declare in no uncertain terms that he never took steroids. Ask Martha Stewart what happens after you lie to Congress.
Palmeiro’s stock drug-cheater’s “I-didn’t-know-what-I-took” and “why would I take the chance, it makes no sense” excuse is beneath comment. Every cheating athlete, ever, has used the same story.
And those in the media who are shocked that Palmeiro would risk taking steroids because he is under the spotlight of scrutiny, just don’t understand the issue.
Olympic athletes and athletes in other sports such as cycling and weight-lifting have had to contend with the specter of drug testing for decades, and yet these athletes still risk getting caught using drugs because they want to be the best at what they do. Athletes are willing to cheat to reach the top. How can this be a surprise to anybody?
Cheating to reach the top happens in every profession, every day. Cheating to become rich – or even just to make more money – is commonplace. I am amazed that people who spend so much time around athletes would be surprised that a professional baseball player would cheat by using steroids to A) reach the top B) stay at the top C) become an all-time great and D) to enrich themselves.