UNANIMOUS: Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao defeats Brandon Rios during a bout in Macau. (Photo: Dale De La Rey / AFP-Getty via The New York Times)
Take a little boy and a little girl. A little boy falls down and the first thing we say as parents is ‘Get up, shake it off. You’ll be OK. Don’t cry.’ When a little girl falls down, what do we say? ‘It’s going to be OK.’ We validate their feelings. So right there from that moment, we’re teaching our men to mask their feelings, don’t show their emotions. And it’s that times 100 with football players. You can’t show that you’re hurt, you can’t show any pain. So for a guy to come into the locker room and he shows a little vulnerability, that’s a problem. That’s what I mean by the culture of the NFL. And that’s what we have to change.
… What’s going on in Miami goes on in every locker room. But it’s time for us to start talking. Maybe have some group sessions where guys sit down and maybe talk about what’s going on off the field or what’s going on in the building and not mask everything. Because the longer it goes untreated, the worse it gets.”
Chicago Bears receiver BRANDON MARSHALL, offering the most thoughtful appraisal yet of the Jonathan Martin bullying case.
If only there were more people like Brandon in the macho NFL. And if only more members of the media covered the story from this point of view.
(Yankees third baseman Alex) Rodriguez inadvertently raised questions about his use of stimulants at the beginning of spring training in 2008.
At the time, the sport’s drug testing program was under scrutiny. Two months earlier, George J. Mitchell had released his report on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the game, naming many players, including Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte, for their links to doping.
In one of his first interviews in spring training in 2008, Rodriguez, who had not yet been publicly tied to doping and was on track to break Bonds’s career home run record, tried to defend the drug testing program, saying that he had been tested “9 or 10 times” the previous year.
That number of tests, however, raised many questions because it was significantly higher than baseball’s drug testing program called for at the time for nearly all players.
The program that year called for all 1,600 players to be tested at least two times. Another 600 tests were conducted that year on players during the season and 60 more random tests were conducted in the off-season.
A player had a 1 in 600,000 chance of being selected for seven random tests and a 1 in 9 million chance of being selected for eight tests.
But as part of baseball’s drug testing program, some players could be tested many more times. That group included players who tested positive for stimulants for the first time in 2006 and were subjected to six more tests over the next year.
“That’s not true,” Rodriguez said at the time when asked whether the increased number of tests he had undergone was because he had already tested positive for stimulants. “It couldn’t be more false — 100 percent false.”
Later that day, he released a statement saying that his “quote from earlier today was taken literally.””
The New York Times, "Reports of a Positive Test in 2006 Call Rodriguez’s Words Into Question."
Christ, what a doping dopey asshole.
(Screencap of the 2013 World Series trophy at the finish line of the Boston Marathon via the Boston Globe)
Jonathan Martin’s decision to take time away from the Miami Dolphins was due to persistent bullying by teammates, according to Fox Sports.
David Ortiz is awesome. Period.
Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, 2013 World Series champions. Dammit. :-)