Is There A Double Standard When It Comes To Cheating?

5/21/12 in NFL   |   Anthony_Raia   |   37 respect

In light of the ongoing trial regarding Roger Clemens and his alleged steroid use many people have raised the question of whether steroid users will get into the Hall of Fame. In short I believe that they should based on the fact that MLB and the union did nothing to stop rampant steroid use and made billions of dollars because of it. While morally it was wrong, once MLB did nothing to stop the first wave of steroid users the next wave felt compelled to do it to keep pace and protect their jobs. Until we know how many players actually used performance enhancing drugs we can't punish those who got caught.
Feb 5, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sideline against the New York Giants during the second half of Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
That brings me to my next point. Why does their seem to be a double standard when it comes to cheating and getting caught? Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Alex Rodriguez, three of the sports greatest players to ever play the game are in jeopardy of not taking their places among the all time greats. Their reputations are forever tarnished and their accomplishments will always be looked upon with suspicion.

But what about Bill Belichick? Belichick was caught cheating in 2007 when it was revealed that he videotaped the New York Jets defensive signals. Belichick was fined $500,000 and the Patriots were stripped of draft picks as well as fined. What about Belichick's legacy? Despite not winning a Super Bowl since he was caught, Belichick is still regarded as one of the best coaches in NFL history. Not only that, he is a virtual lock to be enshrined in Canton.

Shouldn't Belichick get the same treatment as other cheaters?
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5/21/12   |   scquwi1   |   1227 respect

As Michael Jordan has stated over and over when he played "If you are not cheating then you are not trying to win.", and people claim him to be the greatest ever to play basketball. Unless you are using some type of technology which hits the ball for you, tackles, throws, or catches a football, shoots a puck in the net, then yes they should be treated the same. Let them enter the Hall of Frame.