Posts tagged ‘Brian Mcnamee’

February 19, 2008

Andy Pettitte comes off smelling like Roses

First I would like to apologize to the readers that I have for my apparent neglect of my duty to this blog. I certainly was going through a rough patch and didn’t have all the time to dedicate to keeping up my work here. I also would like to thank all for their participation on the second round table subject of education. I got some very good responses and some also equally good questions raised which I will be getting to later.

Now for the matter at hand. I gained a lot of respect for Andy Pettite when I watched a portion of his hour long press conference today. For a quick summary of what he said check this article out .

I could see why the committee excused him from testifying during Roger Clemens and Brian Mcnamee’s hearings. Andy Pettitte just is a nice guy. It is easy to see that he is sincere when he says he is sorry for what he has done. It is easy to forgive him. More importantly, he admitted his transgressions. He wasn’t acting like he was wronged or it was a big misunderstanding. He owned it and for that I will stand behind him and I know many other people will.

What impressed me the most was the way he answered the questions. He listened attentively and never once bristled and came out swinging. He said his faith was what led him to be honest and to let it all hang out. “The truth” has set him free. We all make mistakes and when one of us comes out and genuinely repents of them, then by all means we ought to forgive them. Andy Pettitte you are forgiven. “Go and sin no more.”

January 8, 2008

He said, He said…..

The drama continues. A while ago, I wrote this blog in response to another one (linked in my blog) which asserted that black athletes tended to get a harsher judgement when it came to wrong doing. Some people didn’t agree with me and insisted that I was stretching. Then the Mitchell Report happened and sure enough my point came to life.

Roger Clemens is arguably the most famous name outed by the Mitchell Report. The Rocket as he is fondly referred to was regarded as one of the finest pitchers of all time. No one saw this coming. Correction: no one wanted to see this. All of a sudden, people in the media were advising people against a rush to judgement

Too bad Barry Bonds was never afforded the same support. There is more evidence against Clemens than there was against Bonds, yet people out there insisted that they knew Barry was guilty (but I digress).

Back to Clemens. Clemens’ old trainer, Brian Mcnamee was the man who fingered Clemens among other people. One of the names was Andy Pettite. Pettite has since admitted that Mcnamee was right about him but Clemens still calls Mcnamee a liar. Clemens has since done quite a few interviews sticking to his guns and has agreed to testify before congress. He has even gone as far as offering to take a lie detector test.

As for Mcnamee, he absolutely refuses to go back on his word .

The plot thickens……