Bush Conveniently Forgets His Own Role in the Baseball "Steroids Era"
Earlier this week, former senator George Mitchell released a damning report on steroids in baseball, noting that "for more than a decade, there has been widespread anabolic steroid use."
President Bush -- an avid baseball fan who sometimes watches games in the Oval Office -- addressed the report today, saying he is "troubled" by the steroid allegations. Bush "hopes that this report marks the beginning of the end of steroid abuse," said Press Secretary Dana Perino. Bush added:
I think it's best that all of us not jump to any conclusions on individual players named, but we can jump to this conclusion: that steroids have sullied the game. ... And my hope is that this report is a part of putting the steroid era of baseball behind us.Watch the video to your right.
"[P]ayers and the owners must take the Mitchell report seriously," Bush ordered today. But from 1988 to 1994, when Bush was managing general partner of the Texas Rangers, he turned a blind eye to steroid abuse.
Several former Rangers -- Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, Rafael Palmiero, and Jose Canseco -- were all alleged to have used, or have admitted to using, steroids while playing for Bush. Gonzales, Palmiero, and Canseco were identified in Mitchell's report.