Football training camps are now under way and baseball has hit the middle of their season, now we have a player from each sport suspended for performance enhancing drug use. What is going to come next in these sports? Why is it different for baseball players than football players regarding the penalties? Keep reading to find out!
Ryan Braun, and outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, has been suspended for the remainder of the season and Von Miller, running back for the Denver Broncos is also facing a four game suspension pending appeal. So why does Miller get a four game suspension compared to Braun’s 65 game suspension?
Well for one there are 160-something games in a baseball season and only 16 in a football season, football players don’t make as much money as baseball players and the game of football is more physically straining on the body…..these are all reasons that I have heard on TV over the past few hours and honestly, it makes me sick that these people are making excuses for the players who have violated substance abuse policies.
No matter the strain on the body or the amount of money these players make, no one should be allowed to violate policies and come away from it unscathed. One thing I will say however, everyone is innocent until proven guilty and all the reporters that are talking about the Von Miller case like he is guilty of violating this policy need to remember that. Yes, he has been handed a suspension, but he is also appealing this suspension.
Now on to my last and final thought, now that Braun has been suspended for the remainder of the season, what will come of the other 12 players in the MLB that are in the middle of this scandal? Players like Alex Rodriguez and Nelson Cruz? When Anthony Bosch, from Biogenesis came forward and said he would cooperate, did we imagine that it could possible ruin the remainder of A-Rod’s career?
Let me know what you think about this, I want to have this discussion with you! Check out my update to this story right here!