Fehr is a dick
Here are some quotes from the steroid hearings
. I'm too irate too comment.
He defended players' privacy rights regarding random, year-round drug testing, dipping into dubious claims of protection under the Fourth Amendment. Any testing in a business such as major league baseball, he said, must be negotiated between labor and management.
It was artful and clever.
It was also pathetic.
There is something noble about a man who stands on principle, claiming the high ground against uncouth invasions of privacy or violations of rights.
There is something phony about it when the issue is used as a bargaining chip, hurts the athletes he represents and the youngsters they inspire, and compromises the essential integrity of the so-called national pastime.
What came through in all of Fehr's answers was the sheer contempt for control of a union leader far out of step with the rest of the sports world.
Fehr was the only man in the Senate hearing room who didn't seem to perceive the danger that steroids and over-the-counter steroid precursors pose to sports, athletes and fans.
He was the only man testifying on his side of the panel -- he sat next to baseball commissioner Bud Selig, down the table from U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Terry Madden, and NFL union chief Gene Upshaw and commissioner Paul Tagliabue -- to reject year-round random testing.
Upshaw said NFL players are less worried about invasions of privacy than they are about their health and giving an edge to cheaters.
Tagliabue and Upshaw spoke as one about the problem and how to deal with it. Selig and Fehr spoke as veterans of labor battles, still on different sides of the drug issue.
posted by shawn
: 3/11/2004 04:41:00 PM -