Bryant Gumbel Put The A-Rod PED Scandal Into Perspective This Week On ‘Real Sports’
August 23 / Eric Goldschein / SportsGrid
"Real Sports" airs every Tuesday on HBO, and this week host Bryant Gumbel ended the episode with a thought-provoking commentary on Alex Rodriguez. He doesn't make apologies for A-Rod, whom he calls a liar and a fraud -- but he does put America's outrage into perspective.
And in case you want to print out those words and put them on the wall of your cubicle, here's a transcript:
“Finally tonight, what are we supposed to do with Alex Rodriguez? Embrace him? Pity him? Scorn him? I can easily understand any or all of those reactions because I think he’s a liar and a fraud. But what I don’t understand are the expressions of shock and outrage over his alleged drug use because, frankly, this country’s crazy about drugs.
Modern Americans reach for a drug for any and everything – for problems real and imagined. It’s why we consume more pills than any nation on earth and why TV ads are relentlessly selling us Xarelto, Abilify, Stelara, Prodaxa, and dozens of other drugs we never ever guessed we supposedly needed.
Americans are only about five percent of the world’s population yet we take 80% of the world’s painkillers and a whopping 99% of the world’s Vicodin. We have four million kids on Ritalin, 22-million women on antidepressants, over 30-million adults on sleeping pills, 32 million on Statins, 45 million on another drug I can’t even begin to pronounce. The list goes on and on.
So think what you will of Alex Rodriguez but when so many moms and dads are active parts of a national drug epidemic, let’s stop crying that a ballplayer’s the one setting a bad example for kids. And let’s skip the expressions of outrage and shock because however you may choose to view A-Rod’s alleged drugs use, there’s no denying the ugly reality that that’s become the American way.”
Too long; didn't read version: Don't throw stones if you live in glass house. A-Rod isn't much different from you and me. He just gets paid to do it.