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Between Jones, MLB millionaire
hotheads, I prefer Jones - Johnny Jackson

I'm not surprised by the news that several high-profile, hall-of-fame and would-be hall-of-fame baseball players could be connected to steroids.

There was casual talk more than a decade ago about players being 'juiced' or on steroids. But only now has there been so much outrage about it.

I suppose, since there is no threat of a players' strike, this is the next best controversy to revisit.

For the sake of recognizing our history, we attempt to lump periods of time into eras like episodes in ongoing soap operas.

And this period we are in now, will surely be known as the "steroids era" of Major League Baseball.

Many elite athletes have been named in the recent Mitchell Report, the investigative findings of former Sen. George Mitchell that speculates that a number of major league baseball players have taken steroids or human growth hormones.

It is not news. Rather, it is a confirmation for many that supposed "professional" athletes prefer the immediate ends of steroid use, no matter what.

Marion Jones, once deemed one of the fastest women on planet Earth, has been relieved of that crown and several others by the International Olympic Committee. And her records and achievements on the Olympic track and field no longer exist.

This young woman, as far as I could tell, had always been an upstanding character. I have never seen her irate in public or cursing the high heavens about how invasive the media was, or bad-talk her opponents, teammates, or coaches. But, all the same, she is virtually non-existent in the world of Olympic sport now.

And then you have the undeniable characters of major league baseball players (and others in sports) who would seem to prefer earning a bad reputation and get paid millions, than to commit to loyalty, citizenship, or anything selfless and good-hearted. They will continue to stack their records and earn their million-dollar pay checks and endorsements.

Many of those popular players listed in the Mitchell Report weren't, by far, my favorite people in the world. And I suppose there is a reason that commonality exists.

But one thing is certain, as far as I'm concerned: I would rather see Jones (who earned a gross $700,000 and some odd dollars, smiling) than some hot-head worth millions upon millions whining about a fair shake from the media and his/her fans.

Johnny Jackson is the education reporter for the Henry Daily Herald. He can be reached at jjackson@henryherald.com or at (770) 957-9161.