I’m confronted recently by a lot of condoned cheating in pro-sports and in daily life. Winning at any price is all that matters. What a terrible example for ordinary people and kids. No wonder a couple of my tennis buddies think it’s okay to cheat in our games. What do you think about this? I think it sucks that we are encouraged by sports stars and politicians to be dishonest and hypocritical.
Last night I read in a prayer book that if a sinner cheats and you don’t call him on it, then you have committed a sin yourself. It reminds me of West Point cadets taking exams on the honor system who see a fellow cheating and are supposed to report him. If they do, the cheater can be ejected or disciplined. If they don’t and are caught NOT reporting, then they can be disciplined as well. It’s a moral dilemma. What to do, what to do?
Here is a recent news item about two professional baseball athletes who think it’s good to cheat. I can barely believe and stomach their high paid rationalizations.
A pitch to Derek Jeter of the Yankees hit his bat. But the umpire said it hit his arm, which entitles Jeter to walk to first base. Joe Maddon, the coach for the other team (Tampa Bay Rays), came running out of the dugout and challenged the umpire’s call. He was evicted from the game. The next batter hits a two-run homer, including jeter, that puts the Yankees on top. In the end, the Rays won the game. However catch what Jeter and the coach said to reporters after the game
Maddon argued unsuccessfully that the ball hit Jeter’s bat, eventually drawing an ejection from the umpire, Lance Barksdale.
Jeter, who stood doubled over while receiving attention from a trainer, confessed that the ball hit the end of his bat and he sold the call to Barksdale with a good acting job.
“He told me to go to first base. I’m not going to tell him I’m not going to first, you know,” Jeter said. “It’s part of the game. My job is to get on base. Fortunately for us it paid off at the time, but I’m sure it would have been a bigger story if we would have won that game.”
Maddon disliked the call, but didn’t fault Jeter.
“If our guys had did it, I would have applauded that. It’s a great performance on his part,” the Tampa Bay manager said. “Several players are very good at that. And again, I’m not denigrating it. If our guy does it, I’m very happy with that if we end up getting the call. Fortunately it didn’t cost us.”