Michael S asked in SportsBaseball · 1 decade ago

Does it relly matter what the Mitchell Report said since nothing was illegal at the time?

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  • Bill
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    The Mitchell Report was a waste of paper. Two felons blowing the whistle on others so they wouldn't be prosecuted. It's the same as Jose Canseco saying somebody did steroids in his book. Why do people put such credence in these thugs? Just because somebody throws out an accusation doesn't mean it is true. I'm looking forward to the lawsuits which will arise.

  • 1 decade ago

    Taking steroids without a prescription was always illegal in the eyes of the courts, so while it may not have been banned directly by baseball, there is an issue.

    Also, as I point out all the time, if the players themselves didn't think they were doing something wrong, they wouldn't have hid.

    "Hey, great job going from 9 home runs last year to 34 home runs this year, what's with this big power boost"

    "well, I've been taking these injections in my butt that makes me grow freakishly large and increases my power, and since it's not illegal, I have nothing to hide"

    The players knew it was wrong. Also, by getting bigger, hitting all those home runs, getting the higher contracts, they have taken money from the fan's pockets, as that's where 100% of the financing comes from, directly or indirectly.

  • 1 decade ago

    You're correct. Legally, nothing can be done to a person who did something that was not illegal at the time he/she did it.

    Furthermore, the Mitchell Report's purpose, I believe, was so BALCO Bud could wash his hands of everything. He can now CLAIM he "did something!"

    The fact, however, is that Selig's legacy will be that he was commissioner of the steroid era and it all happened under his nose without his knowledge.

  • JerH1
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Where is this statement that "steroids weren't illegal" coming from? I've seen it asked here a few times in the last couple of weeks.

    While steroids weren't banned by name, MLB has long had an anti-drug policy that covers all drugs that are illegal in the United States. Steroids and other PED's fall into that category, so there were banned.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Knowledge is power my friend. Even if not one single person gets punished for their alleged steroid abuse, the general public has a better idea of the culture of drug abuse in baseball. And remember: the people who got busted were only the ones stupid enough to buy the drugs with credit cards or checks. There are probably plenty of offenders still out there who will never be caught.

  • 1 decade ago

    It just adds an element of perspective to the magnitude of the situation, due to the fact it wasnt against the rules at the time and it is impossible to track down all who did it you cannot alter the record books. It's just a report to add some kind of perspective to the madness that is Performance Enhancing Drugs in MLB.

  • 1 decade ago

    It does matter because using performance-enhancing drugs is giving a player an unfair advantage. They are not playing by the rules like they should be. Not to mention, fans have to question their seasons while they were using steroids.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, it does matter. Performance enhancing drugs give the players that take it an unfair advantage. A sports player should use their own natural talents and abilities not use a drug or stimulant.

  • 1 decade ago

    Does it matter? Yes. Just because it wasn't illegal back then doesn't mean its cheating.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It does matter...Look at Roger Clemens. Everyone is questioning him and his achievements...

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