I have supported the Yankees for over a decade and have been a huge A-Rod fan every day since 2004 when he was traded to the Yankees – He was a complete player who could do everything, hit for power and average and fields a premium position. On Monday, A-Rod was suspended for 212 games for use of steroids and although he is appealing, it highlighted three things to me:
Firstly, the days of innocent until proven guilty seem to be gone. Rightly or wrongly we hear a rumor or see a report about an individual and we base our opinion largely on whether we like the individual or not. Whether it be Edward Snowden, Trayvon Martin or A-Rod most of us had opinions on these individuals before ALL facts became public. Today most people consider A-Rod guilty even though very little of facts have seen daylight. Sometimes a side-affect with making a quick judgement or a gut call is we only see the evidence that supports our opinion.
Secondly in today’s world prior guilt automatically means guilt in any future story or acquisitions. With A-Rod, I always get “but he admitted to doing steroids in 2003/04, so he must be guilty now”. RIGHT??? Maybe but not always. Have you ever done something illegal or even stupid that you are not proud of? Does that mean you are likely to do it again? Can no one learn from their mistakes? Can no one make amendments and set a good example? Remember the saying “prior results do not equal future performance”.
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