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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Boras: MLB wrong to go after players and not distributors

Robothal has it…

Boras, the former agent for Alex Rodriguez, was agitated as he spoke on the phone, telling FOX Sports that baseball is wrong to prosecute players while entering relationships with their suppliers.

...“The integrity of the game is only partially served when a known pusher is exonerated, when the genesis of this entire problem is now given a forum and compensation and is not behind bars for the distribution and promoting the use of illegal drugs, not only to baseball players but all members of the sporting community and youth,” Boras said.

“Until we rectify that problem, we have not addressed the central issue of eradicating PEDs from professional sports. We have to have legislation; we have to have very clear authority and prosecution of these individuals.

“If these individuals go free, it promotes behavior to create processes to distribute PEDs, knowing the league’s focus is on the players, not on the distributors of drugs.”

Major League Baseball officials declined comment. Those officials have said previously that their only authority in these matters stems from the collective-bargaining agreement and Joint Drug Agreement and that they cannot act as an arm of law enforcement.

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   1. micker17 Posted: January 14, 2014 at 09:27 AM (#4638410)
Scott Boras earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific in 1977. Oh, the irony.
   2. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: January 14, 2014 at 09:33 AM (#4638414)
Scott Boras earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific in 1977. Oh, the irony.

Hey, when I was at UOP most of my dorm mates were in the pharmacy program. Well after 1977, though.
   3. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM (#4638451)
Yes, Boras is obviously just saying this to protect his clients...

...but he's not wrong.
   4. villageidiom Posted: January 14, 2014 at 11:47 AM (#4638568)
Boras, the former agent for Alex Rodriguez, was agitated as he spoke on the phone, telling FOX Sports that baseball is wrong to prosecute players while entering relationships with their suppliers.
As part of "entering relationships with (players') suppliers" MLB is basically eliminating them as suppliers. It's not like players are going to line up at Tony Bosch's door looking for PEDs now. If they don't want to get caught with PEDs, step 1 is to stay away from the guy who got caught distributing them and whose records (including direct player contact) were shared with MLB.
   5. thetailor Posted: January 14, 2014 at 01:10 PM (#4638658)
I am sick and tired of everyone discounting certain opinions simply because of who is stating them. Boras is 100% right -- busting users is small potatoes. Everyone is going to cheat, and they are going to do it FOREVER. Why are people not understanding this? The thing to do is bust the distributors - this is basics.
   6. villageidiom Posted: January 14, 2014 at 01:18 PM (#4638664)
I am sick and tired of everyone discounting certain opinions simply because of who is stating them.
So far in this thread there are zero people doing what you state.
   7. McCoy Posted: January 14, 2014 at 01:24 PM (#4638672)
People, you should discount this certain opinion from Boras because he is Boras.
   8. The District Attorney Posted: January 14, 2014 at 01:24 PM (#4638673)
Those officials have said previously that their only authority in these matters stems from the collective-bargaining agreement and Joint Drug Agreement and that they cannot act as an arm of law enforcement.
How is this incorrect?
   9. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: January 14, 2014 at 01:37 PM (#4638687)
I am sick and tired of everyone discounting certain opinions simply because of who is stating them.

Albert Belle and Chris Truby?
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 14, 2014 at 01:44 PM (#4638691)
Those officials have said previously that their only authority in these matters stems from the collective-bargaining agreement and Joint Drug Agreement and that they cannot act as an arm of law enforcement.


How is this incorrect?

Yeah, I'm entirely at a loss as to how he proposes MLB "go after" suppliers. That seems like a job for law enforcement, not a private corporation.
   11. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: January 14, 2014 at 01:49 PM (#4638698)
MLB could have worked with the union and players by saying "we want to have testing, but don't want to punish individual players and give the sport a black eye. If a player gets caught, he has to work with us and law enforcement so that we can go after the suppliers. If he refuses, then he's suspended for 50 games [or whatever]."
   12. thetailor Posted: January 14, 2014 at 01:52 PM (#4638699)
#6 that wasn't so much a reference to BBTF as it is to the response to anything A-Rod does general and how I expect people will discount Boras's opinion. BBTF is great.
   13. JE (Jason) Posted: January 14, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4638709)
So far in this thread there are zero people doing what you state.

And then you should have held your breath for approximately six minutes.
   14. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: January 14, 2014 at 02:04 PM (#4638715)
MLB is neither equipped nor empowered to "go after" roid distributors. It's a ridiculous idea.
   15. Bob Tufts Posted: January 14, 2014 at 02:08 PM (#4638721)
MLB could have worked with the union and players by saying "we want to have testing, but don't want to punish individual players and give the sport a black eye. If a player gets caught, he has to work with us and law enforcement so that we can go after the suppliers. If he refuses, then he's suspended for 50 games [or whatever]."


Why not? MLB seems to have a pretty good handle on this from the McNamee, Radomski and Biogenesis cases.

Once caught, the more players and distributors one accurately names, the more your federal drug sentence is reduced - but you serve a minimum 1 year sentence in jail and adjust it depending on amounts, if supplied others, etc.

A better way to make one reconsider use than spending 50 days at home in your mansion.

   16. dlf Posted: January 14, 2014 at 02:20 PM (#4638741)
Go after the distributors and you'll just cause more to crop up. That is a lesson from the failures of the Reagan / Bush involvement in Colombia. As long as there is demand, someone will be there to provide the supply. If you want to get rid of something, you've got to attack the demand.

Yeah, I'm entirely at a loss as to how he proposes MLB "go after" suppliers. That seems like a job for law enforcement, not a private corporation.


Agreed. But when a private company disrupts the law enforcement investigation -- by for example, purchasing stolen documents purportedly revealing illegal distribution of substances to high school students in an attempt to find the mythical centaur -- the enforcement of the CBA becomes a hollow mockery.
   17. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: January 14, 2014 at 02:22 PM (#4638744)
It's a great plan. I want to keep my kid off drugs. Instead of educating her and setting up rules and punishments, I'm going to go after anyone who could potentially supply her with drugs, despite have no power or ability to do so. With them out of the way, my daughter is surely in the clear. My eyes have been opened.
   18. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 14, 2014 at 02:26 PM (#4638750)
It's a great plan. I want to keep my kid off drugs. Instead of educating her and setting up rules and punishments, I'm going to go after anyone who could potentially supply her with drugs, despite have no power or ability to do so. With them out of the way, my daughter is surely in the clear. My eyes have been opened.


Is this a comment on the A-Rod matter or Stallone's next movie?
   19. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 14, 2014 at 02:34 PM (#4638764)
#5
I am sick and tired of everyone discounting certain opinions simply because of who is stating them.

Welcome to the Internet.
   20. akrasian Posted: January 14, 2014 at 03:51 PM (#4638840)
One thing MLB could do is not buy stolen evidence that the Feds are seeking, severely hurting the Feds' case and causing much of the Feds' case to be dropped.

Going after ARod at any cost means that a supplier who may have been supplying kids with illegal steroids doesn't have to serve any prison time.

Forgive me if I don't think that MLBs actions were okay.
   21. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: January 14, 2014 at 04:00 PM (#4638854)
MLB is neither equipped nor empowered to "go after" roid distributors. It's a ridiculous idea.

Yup.
   22. Jim Wisinski Posted: January 14, 2014 at 04:03 PM (#4638858)
Part of what MLB offered Bosch was their intervention to help prevent him from getting prosecuted for his crimes.
   23. AROM Posted: January 14, 2014 at 04:05 PM (#4638860)
I am sick and tired of everyone discounting certain opinions simply because of who is stating them. Boras is 100% right -- busting users is small potatoes. Everyone is going to cheat, and they are going to do it FOREVER. Why are people not understanding this? The thing to do is bust the distributors - this is basics.


Yeah. Because that has been such a smashing success in the country's overall war on drugs.

Baseball should go after the users - because they have the bargained authority to punish them with suspensions. They cannot go after distributors, because they are not the government. The only place Boras has any valid point is with MLB cutting deals with a guy like Bosch.

One thing MLB could do is not buy stolen evidence that the Feds are seeking, severely hurting the Feds' case and causing much of the Feds' case to be dropped.


It is disappointing that they have gotten away with this. Seems like a clear case of obstruction of justice. While they can't themselves go after a supplier, they should stay out of the way of the people who do have such authority, and face consequences otherwise.
   24. Sunday silence Posted: January 15, 2014 at 03:15 PM (#4639679)
Why dont we give MLB a badge and have them go after bad guys? Like when Nixon gave Elvis his drug enforcement badge.
   25. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: January 15, 2014 at 04:39 PM (#4639751)
I think the steriod witch hunt is stupid. Baseball de facto encouraged it. However, if the sport needs to be cleaned up, it has to start with the A-Rod types right? It isn't against the rules to supply PEDs, but it is certainly against the rules to use them now. Besides, would the players take it seriously if the sellers were targeted? I doubt it.. they'll just find a new source.

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