What’s with this whole Mark McGwire thing?.

Earlier this month Mark McGwire fell well short of election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, mainly as a result of suspicion that he took performance enhancing drugs during his career. McGwire compounded the problem by appearing before Congress and refusing to talk about anything that happened in the past, missing out on the absolution offered to Jason Giambi, Andy Pettitte and other players who came clean about their drug use.

McGwire’s taking another blow now that Deadspin has published details of a book proposal being shopped by his professional bodybuilder brother. Jay McGwire alleges that his older brother saw what steroids could do for a physique and started asking for them. Little brother obliged and watched as Mark “saved” baseball during the 1998 season. — NBC New York

I must have missed the part of the Constitution that grants Congress the power to “absolve” (traditional theological term for the forgiveness experienced in the traditional Churches in the Sacrament of Reconciliation) people from their “sins”…then again, Congress seems to find stuff I can’t see in the Constitution all the time. That being said, I don’t see how McGwire was in any way obligated to talk to Congress at all, let alone admit to doing illegal things just because they wanted to know.

The Hell with Congress…I am far more interested in them answering questions about the dubious legality of about 90% of the things THEY do, than in whether or not McGwire juiced up to play better.

If Congress wants McGwire to answer questions about illegal behavior, then convene a Grand Jury and subpoena him. That’s the permissible parameter set up by the Constitution when Congress wants answers from citizens.

Should he be voted into the Hall of Fame?

If he is found guilty of having used an illegal substance, no, but to deny him entry based on rumors of illegal behavior is highly unfair; shame on those people who won’t vote for him based on unproven allegations.

Here’s an idea: let’s drag the Baseball Writers’ Association of America voters before Congress, examine THEIR lives, and decide whether or not they’re fit to cast a vote.

Used cocaine back in the 1980s?

No vote for you.

Arrest for drunk driving in 1992?

No vote for you.

Seems fair to me.

Let’s ask Congress some questions about substance abuse.

And what’s up with the brother?

My bringing the truth to surface about Mark is out of love. I want Mark to live in truth to see the light, to come to repentance so he can live in freedom—which is the only way to live. “

“…out of love” my ass. This is profiteering from your brother’s problems, and despicable.

I’d call Jay McGwire a Cain, but that would be wrong.

At least Cain had the decency to actually kill Abel, instead of just stabbing him in the back, and making him walk around bleeding for the rest of his life.