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SPORTS: Keep ethics issues out of courtrooms

Letter by Del H. Morrill, Tacoma on May 27, 2011 at 11:18 am | 3 Comments »
May 27, 2011 1:11 pm

Re: “A matter of conscience, not of criminal indictments” (Eugene Robinson column, 5-27).

Hurray for Robinson. For a long time I have been really peeved at the interference of political and legal bodies in the ethics of athletics. It seems to me that enhancement drugs, gambling on the game, etc., are internal issues related to the particular sport and not a matter to be put before congressional hearings and the court. I felt this way about Pete Rose’s issues, and I certainly feel the same about baseball and Lance Armstrong.

You cannot expect athletes to do nothing when compatriots use performance enhancers to get an edge. In order to keep winning, as we keep pushing athletes to do, they feel the need to join this type of activity. Athletes have always done this, whether with national or international sports, including the Olympics.

I am not condoning this, but these are matters of ethics within a profession – not a matter of legality and criminal activity. It needs to be done by calling each athlete to answer charges before those responsible for the ethics of their sport.

It’s time we stop the witch hunts and encourage these matters to be dealt with in-house. I agree with Robinson that our judicial system has plenty to do that is far more crucial to the welfare of the public than spending so much time on matters best left to the association involved

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