Bryant Gumbel Accuses Three Players of Steroid Use
So where is all the backlash for Bryant Gumbel this morning?
If Morris was made public enemy No. 1 for simply implying that Ibanez may have taken steroids, then Gumbel should be in a bit of hot water himself. All he did was come out and say that not one, not two, but three major league players were on steroids at the end of his HBO show Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
In the show Gumbel finished the hour by reading an "open letter" to Mark McGwire about his recent admission of steroid use, and took the slugger to task for waiting so long, and his stance that he didn't think the steroids helped his numbers. Which is nothing new, it's just the way that Gumbel finished his monologue that is somewhat troubling. And libelous. Very, very libelous.
"In closing, guys," Gumbel said, "please feel free to share this letter with Bagwell, Nomar, Pudge and all those others who went from hitting homers to power outages overnight. Tell 'em fans are ready to accept what happened. Tell 'em we're ready to move on. Tell 'em that most of us get it ... even if they, like you, still don't."
Three names who have never tested positive -- though Bagwell has admitted to using andro, just like McGwire -- and Gumbel trots them out there as if he has proof of their steroid use. Is there reason to suspect that those three players may have taken steroids? Of course. Baseball fans have been so bombarded by guilty players in recent years it's only natural to suspect anyone who has played the game possibly took steroids at some point in time.
Still, those fans don't take to nationally televised news-magazine shows to personally out the players without any proof.
So where is the outrage for what Gumbel did? Where are the columns from writers all over the country saying that Gumbel is an example of everything that is wrong with journalism these days?
When will Bryant be showing up on ESPN to be berated?
Odds are he won't be. No, it seems that it's all right to make baseless accusations about people without any proof, just as long as you're being paid to do so.