Yes, the Kansas City Royals knew what they were getting when they signed 39-year-old infielder Miguel Tejada this year: Someone who had lied to Congress in 2005 about a steroids-related incident involving another player and who had lied about his age.
By Yael T. Abouhalkah
The Kansas City Star
Now it turns out hes been found to be a drug cheat this year, and was suspended Saturday for 105 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for amphetamines
Apologies already are being made for Tejada and the Royals.
And there are always going to be a certain amount of dedicated American sports fans who think, well, everyones doping in baseball and other major league sports, so revelations like this one are no big deal.
But if you think doping in sports is wrong which I and many others do you have a right to be pleased by Tejadas suspension.
It sends the right message: Cheaters will get punished.
Sure, you will be labeled a fuddy-duddy who doesnt understand the real world of how players in major league sports feel the pressure to take performance enhancing drugs so they can make a lot of money.
And its absolutely and unfortunately true that, at least right now, cheaters also get to keep the money they earned before they got caught. And the teams, liked the Royals, benefit from whatever the player accomplishes before he gets suspended.
But theres just one thing wrong with that everyone-does-it argument: Far from everyone does it.
In fact, tests in baseball, the National Football League and the National Hockey League show most athletes arent cheating.
Thats partly why it was so encouraging to see a number of MLB players speaking up in recent days about the need to continue to clean up their sport, in the wake of almost a dozen drug-related suspensions of baseball players.
The cheaters like Tejada deserve to be punished, not defended.
Instead, its OK to be mad at Tejada and all the other athletes who break the rules and diminish the value of the sports they play.