This quote from Mike Lupica is everything wrong with how people view sports:
A-Rod hasn’t left his career in bars or strip clubs. He hasn’t thrown his career away over a drug like cocaine the way Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry did, helping ruin any chance the Mets of the 1980s had to be some kind of dynasty. But the two of them were addicts. With Gooden particularly, we have found out in his post-baseball years, as he lost everything and ended up in jail, just how much of an addict he really was.
Great athletes like these, because of the talent with which they’ve been blessed and the work they’ve honestly done in their lives, can make their sports look ridiculously easy. But at the same time, they make being a sports fan seem impossibly hard sometimes.
Then, when caught the way A-Rod has been caught on steroids, they often offer these pathetic imitations of true accountability and think they can turn the page because they want to.
I don’t even know what to say it’s just…Mike Lupica. It’s a discombulated mess of outrage which is what he’s been doing for the last 25 or so years. It’s his schtick and he’ll unfortunately never lose his job but it sucks and so does he.