Fink on friends for reduced sentence!

DMZ · May 25, 2005 at 12:15 pm · Filed Under General baseball 

The “Drug Free Sports Act” has a crazy 2-year penalty on first test, but skip that for a minute.

From the Associated Press article:

The legislation offered by Davis allows for reduced penalties if a player can prove in an appeal he didn’t know he was using a prohibited substance or if he were to provide information on someone else violating the drug policy.

First, how do you prove that? Produce a tainted supplement? Couldn’t you just taint it yourself?

All kinds of problems there. But the really disturbing part —

if he were to provide information on someone else violating the drug policy

This has so many possible unintended consequences that it’s crazy. The first thing I thought of was that it would behoove a player to get their friends to violate the drug policy so you could fink on them. Then I started to think what you should do is fink on someone for something they didn’t do — using a drug with a really short cycle, for instance, or something undetectable like HGH.

It’s a huge incentive to lie, cheat, and steal to save your own hide, and a particularly misguided piece of a bad bit of legislation.


51 Responses to “Fink on friends for reduced sentence!”

  1. DMZ on May 26th, 2005 9:36 pm

    This absolutely makes my blood boil. I have condemned steroid use by players at length here and elsewhere. This is a bullshit strawman argument that puts words into my mouth and views into my head. You either know that it’s not true, or you’re willfully ignorant of what I’ve said on this.

    I’m entirely serious: I am deeply pissed off about this.

    And you’re not my friend. You don’t know me from Adam’s off ox.