Written by: LaShawn Encarnacion aka The Dark Knight of Sports
It is no secret that in the world of sports, there is a good amount of lies that have to be told to make lots of money. Players, managers, general managers and even owners have had to lie, to cheat and take major gambles to try to make millions upon millions of dollars.
But what does that do for a player when their legacy is forever tarnished? Hence the final two words in the title “You Lose.” So lets dive in.
Former Cincinnati Red Pete Rose without question is a hall of fame player. But his gambling on games while as a manager forced him out of the game with a lifetime ban under then MLB commissioner Bud Selig. But MLB has a new commissioner by the name of Rob Manfred. Rose was hoping that with a new commissioner he could petition for reinstatement. Rose swore in the “Dowd Report” that he NEVER bet on games as a player but only as a manager. Receipts were recently discovered and ESPN’s Outside the Lines was the ones to break the story that indeed Rose bet on games while he was also playing. For those who need a reminder, here is the original Pete Rose confession.
“This does it. This closes the door,” said John Dowd, the former federal prosecutor who led MLB’s investigation.
The reinstatement of Rose to MLB does fall on the shoulders of Manfred and it is more than likely that Rose’s application will unquestionably be denied after this new evidence surfaced incriminating Rose to the point of no return.
But this is not the first time that a player has been a pathological liar just to get what he wants, hundreds of millions of dollars. Just ask the Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez who was linked to Biogenesis and the Steroid Era. All of this while obtaining 200-million-dollar deals in Texas and then in New York. All while being juiced up and lying to his teammates, his organization and to MLB.
Lance Armstrong, former cyclist most known for winning seven Tour de France’s is another name that can be grouped into this category. His actions not only impacted the sport he competed in BUT ALSO cost some innocent people to lose their jobs (sample collector) to name just one.
But lets keep it to just MLB and these two particular athletes. They BOTH cheated the game and while their fame and fortune will be there, what will always be missing is their place in immortality. The hall of fame, the ONE place every athlete strives to be in. Rose leads MLB all time in hits, no question a hall of fame player IF he did not gamble on games as a player and then as a manager. So his place will not be with the immortals, it will be with the infamous, infamous names like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire AND Alex Rodriguez when his career is over.
YES A-Rod will not have his place with the immortals as well. Fourth all time in home-runs (behind Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds, third all time in RBI (behind Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron), and has over 3,000 hits (3,003 and counting). Those numbers would get anyone else into the hall of fame. But because A-Rod used and abused steroids. Lied and cheated about the subject continuously, his place will end up in the hall of infamous.
So does it pay to lie, to cheat, to gamble and steal. Well if you are looking to be banned from your sports, SURE. If you want to NEVER get into the hall of fame, sitting side by side with the players who got you interested in the sport of baseball, then SURE it is. But it is safe to say that NO player ever goes into a career in sports wanting those things.
Why do you think that NFL’s Tom Brady is so desperate to clear his name over DefalteGate? Not because of the money … but because of his legacy.
Just ask Eminem who raps about it in his track Legacy (Warning explicit lyrics).
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