8/9/07

Dirty Ugly Secrets

In baseball and many other sports there is a huge conspiracy of silence that has gone on and continues today. I am convinced NOBODY is really willing to confront the problem of drugs in sport head on. I will use baseball as an example. Coaches, trainers, owners, general managers all knew or strongly suspected what was going on. The approach was “if we ignore the problem it will go away.” In baseball there is a culture of tolerance for drugs in the form of alcohol and amphetamines.

I am really interested to see who Mitchell has talked in his inquiry. Have they talked to Jason Giambi’s personal trainer who had to know what was going on? Have they talked to everyone involved with the Texas Rangers during the Juan Gonzales era? Have they talked to all the team trainers, assistant trainers, conditioning coaches and clubhouse people? I suspect not. Why because they do not want to know how deep the problem is.

8 Comments:

At 8/9/07, 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, they had a career politician run the investigation... that's who I would pick if I wanted to run a thorough fact-finding mission

 
At 8/9/07, 3:58 PM, Anonymous tlanger said...

Right on, Vern!

It's kind of ironic that the owners/executives aren't taking as much heat as the players; really, they enabled them and now act as if they didn't know what was going on. It's too bad MLB doesn't have a commissioner who wasn't an owner or in other words a little impartiality would go a long way..

Todd Langer
www.balance2posture.com

 
At 8/10/07, 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vern,
Here is another question you may have left out of Mitchell inquiry.
Have they talk/inquire with the team doctors?
TC

 
At 8/10/07, 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vern,
"If we ignore the problem it will go away" = If it isn't broken, why fix it?

TC
ps. great stuff Vern
I could not come up with something like 'Burn with Vern' for my rehab guys...any suggestion?

 
At 8/10/07, 10:04 AM, Anonymous tlanger said...

TC,

I wonder if HIPPA, and/or any sort of confidentiality pact, would prohibit team doctors from talking to the investigators...

Todd Langer

 
At 8/10/07, 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Todd
Agree with you on that.

Another touchy debate, but if "investigating" for the better/cleaning up of the sport, why wouldn't they?

I think HIPPA would applies to trainers(ATCs)also, not just doctors.

TC

 
At 8/10/07, 3:05 PM, Anonymous tlanger said...

LOL! I'm of the mindset that "touchy debates" are what get people to engage in critical thought and that's the very basis for a progressive society! Any "cleaning up" needs to be done by a non bias 3rd party and follow very strict procedures to guarantee no one's rights get violated.

Todd Langer
www.balance2posture.com

 
At 8/11/07, 7:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Todd
I think we all love to debate. "Touchy debates" meaning, I did not want to incite some bloggers as some recent ones, ala cheating and so on that has nothing to do with Athletic Development.

TC

 

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