“Don’t do the crime / If you can’t do the time.” The catchphrase may have its beginnings with Robert Blake—who knows something about both, and with some changes sneaks into Bob Dylan’s “Heart of Mine.” More to the point, I (Evander) wish to address a possible discrepancy in viewpoints in two of my recent blogs. “Way, Manny!” Ramirez did not have the lawyerly presence of Ryan Braun. Ramirez tested positive and has paid a serious price, which undoubtedly will hurt his chances for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame when his incredible career is closed. Braun, on the other hand, has made a shambles of Major League Baseball-testing regulations. You see, he did the crime but did not do the time. His “press conference” of self-exoneration was a farce. Performance-enhancing steroids, and related substances and procedures, are deathly in their long-term and unpredictable impacts on quality of later life.
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