On July 13th, Jason Giambi met with former Senator George Mitchell and spoke about cooperating with the steroids investigation. Bud Selig, the Commissioner of the Major Leagues stated before Giambi met with Mitchell that he would take, â€œGiambiâ€™s level of cooperation into account in determining appropriate further action.â€ When you read this statement, you feel that Giambi will receive at least some sort of punishment for using steroids. Well, thatâ€™s not the case.
Selig announced last week that Giambi would not be punished for his use of steroids because, â€œHeâ€™s doing a lot of public-service work, and I think thatâ€™s terribly important. I think itâ€™s more important for us to keep getting the message out.â€ Hold on a second pleaseâ€¦heâ€™s not being punished because heâ€™s doing a lot of public-service work? Hereâ€™s the part that gets me though, Giambi says that he was already involved in most of the charity work in question before any of this happened.
Hereâ€™s another problem with Giambi not being punished for using steroids, it gives other people the idea that itâ€™s okâ€¦as long as they do a â€œlot of public-service work.â€ It just frustrates me so much that another person gets off the hook for something the MLB is trying so hard to ban and put up a fight to get out of baseball. This isnâ€™t helping it, Selig. I have news for you! I just hate what steroids are doing to Americaâ€™s favorite pastime.
I guess what Iâ€™m getting at is if youâ€™re going to set rules for using steroids, then stick to them. Donâ€™t occasionally use them. It has to be ALL the time! Rules are rules. He should get special treatment because heâ€™s doing charity work? What about those athletes that donâ€™t break the rules and do charity work anyways? Think about that one.