May 30, 2020

Mitchell Wrong

It was terribly disappointing to hear former Sen. Mitchell recommend that baseball players taking performance-enhancing drugs not be punished.

For over 50 years, I have been following international track and field athletes, and for many years the governing bodies of that sport have dealt strongly with athletes who have used drugs. Besides Marion Jones, many have been banned from competition, and, in many cases, their world records have been expunged from the record books.

Barry Bonds and his fellow druggies should have their records destroyed. We can’t call Marion Jones a bad athlete and take her awards away, and then let Barry Bonds continue live the lie that he is the best home run hitter in history.

The “difficulty” in doing this should not be an excuse for failing to punish those dishonest players.

Mitchell is an exemplary individual, but he is dead wrong in this case.

David Wilson

Stockton Springs

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