Congressional Hearings On Professional Sports – Tax Payers Strike Out

29 Feb

Barry Bonds

Seth: Recently, Congress has made a lot of headlines investigating the use of steroids in professional sports, especially baseball. After giving
sworn testimony to a House committee that conflicted with two other
witnesses, Roger Clemens faces a possible investigation by the FBI.
Many people including sports writer and ESPN personality Tony
Kornheiser think the committee has gone too far. On Wednesday night’s PTI
he argued that the imprisonment of athletes for lying under oath about
steroids use is not in the public interest. He referenced sprinter
Marion Jones’ six month sentence as a sentence that was inappropriate
following her public humiliation.

Where do he, and others get off suggesting lying under oath shouldn’t be a crime punishable by prison time? Or, are they right to say Congress has no business investigating steroids use in pro sports?

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Ray: I’m glad that we’ve decided to address this topic because I think it’s insane that Congress is wasting tax payers dollars investigating professional sports. These are not important hearings and they serve as no benefit to the American public.

The 8,000 pound whale in the room is that American’s obviously feel like there are better things that Congress can be doing with their time. I mean, Katrina victims are still suffering, the economy is stalling, crime is rising in inner cities, and the list goes on and on. I don’t see how our elected officials can justify chasing Roger Clemens around and even going as far as committing the FBI to this case. It’s ridiculous.

If the members of Congress are so concerned with performance enhancing drugs and the athletes that use them, then they should retire from their elected posts and pursue careers as commissioners of the various leagues. And somebody has to ask why they aren’t going after pro-wrestling, ice skating, or surfing. I think we all know that the answer is that the Congressmen involved in the matters of major professional sports are simply looking for attention.

When all of this madness settles, I just hope that voters remember what their representatives spent their time doing. That’s all I really care to say about about this.

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Seth: I agree. I don’t know why Congress is investigating steroid use and I also agree that it bears no positive impact on society. There is something to be said for the way professional sports are ingrained in our society, and generally we ought to desire to keep them pure. I also have to acknowledge that the tremendous amount of public dollars that finance stadiums across the nation do complicate matters but at the end of the day should not compel the federal government to act. Roger Clemens is baseball’s problem. If they don’t care to deal with him, fans and the media will pass judgment as consumers.

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2 Responses to “Congressional Hearings On Professional Sports – Tax Payers Strike Out”

  1. mommaspeaks March 2, 2008 at 3:54 pm #

    You guys are absolutely correct. At a time children, education, healthcare, housing and many other issues should be at the top of our list, the Congress of the United States of America has decided that steroid use in sports (BIG BUSINESS) is an urgent issue that needs attention immediately. Imagine, the money, time and resources spent and used on this investigation being spent on our children. It is all about the $$$$$.

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