ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian Says Today Is A Good Day For Baseball. Here’s Why He’s Wrong.
ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian claims the mistrial in Roger Clemens' federal perjury case makes it a "good day for baseball." But is it?
Speaking Thursday on SportsCenter, Kurkjian explains the sight of Clemens in a jail cell is something "nobody wanted":
Tim Kurkjin [sic] just said today was a good day 4 baseball. No one in baseball wants a pic of Clemens going to jail. Same thing said about Bonds?
No, at least not in the case of columnists like the Chicago Tribune's Phil Rogers (from April):
Barry Bonds has to go to jail, if only to serve a few months in the Martha Stewart wing of a well appointed facility. Otherwise there was really no point to the whole painful exercise that has been the Bonds prosecution and trial.
(You could make the same argument against Clemens.)
If baseball wants to remain "America's pastime," then its community should respect the laws of this nation and celebrate justice fairly executed, be it in an acquittal or a conviction. A mistrial gives us neither -- but instead a growing fatigue and reluctance to seek that justice out to its end. And when the demand for that justice differs from superstar to superstar, we should find it even more troubling.
UPDATE: Michael Hurley from NESN notes that in 2006, Kurkjian wrote a piece lamenting the fact that Bonds' home run milestones were marred in the eyes of so many, saying at one point, "In a way, it is sad and unfortunate for Bonds and for baseball." Kurkjian, at least, appears consistent in his views.
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