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Michael Weiner: reporters should not jump to conclusions about Biogenesis

Feb 22, 2013, 6:59 AM EDT

Ryan Braun AP AP

Sorry, Mike, but you’re a bit late on this one. The mob formed three minutes after the first report dropped. Check out the court Lupica and the guys at the Daily News convened. The boiler on The Conclusion Train has been burning for a few weeks now and it’s ten stations down the line. But it’s nice to hear someone say it at least:

Baseball union head Michael Weiner says reporters should refrain from jumping to conclusions about media reports linking players to a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs … “The players understand that what’s happening in Miami at this point remains to be seen in terms of fairness and judging things on the evidence …”

Meanwhile, in newsrooms across America:

Baseball Media: “Your guilt has been determined. This is merely a sentencing hearing. Now, what will it be? Death or Exile?”

Biogenesis Players: “If you think we’re going to walk out on that ice willingly, you got another thing coming!

Baseball Media: “So it’s death then?”

Biogenesis Players: “Looks that way.”

Baseball Media: “Very well then. Death! [gavel smash] … By exile!”

  1. royhobbs39 - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    If the Baseball Media is The Scarecrow, who is Bane?

    • cur68 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Craig.

  2. historiophiliac - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    So it’s gonna be that kind of Friday.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Great. No seriously, that’s just peachy. So what the f*ck are we supposed to do with all of these torches and pitchforks?

    • historiophiliac - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Loan them to whiney Cards fans.

  4. voteforno6 - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    A not-so-minor quibble here. Lupica, et.al., are not reporters. They are commentators. Jumping to conclusions is what they do for a living. The ones like Lupica do so in a consequence-free environment. Just ask Jason Whitlock what happens when someone stands up to Lupica.

    • mightymike1250 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      There are no sports reporters anymore.

      • caeser12 - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        So true, only Sports Gossip-ist.

  5. skids003 - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Lupica is a total idiot, as soon as Craig mentioned him I knew it was bad. He is completely just trying to make himself appear important.

    Get back in Kingman’s locker little man.

  6. whodeytn - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    But Braun is guilty.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      There are some beaten children and raped women in your town. Why is that?

      Keep that dick in your pants.

      • paperlions - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        1) Huh?

        2) Are you saying he beat children with his penis?

  7. zidanevalor - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    The players should at least get a death by snu-snu option.

  8. deadeyedesign23 - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    I’m just curious do you need to actually see Braun injecting himself to believe the story? What about Bonds do you think he never took steroids either since he hasn’t failed a test or admitted it?

    At what point can you just be a reasonable human being drawing a reasonable conclusion (ie failing a drug test, having it over turned because of a break down in the chain of custody, not over the high test results, and then having his name listed in the books of a known distributor as someone who received steroids) and not an obstinate child pretending everyone is as how you’d like them to be until admitting otherwise.

    • zipsports - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      If you read this blog often you know that this is kind of Craig’s deal. He pretty much jumps on everything steroid related and plays the “innocent until proven guilty” card. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I just don’t feel that is true when it comes to baseball. If we have learned anything the last decade with the MLB steroid scandal it’s that usually where there is smoke, there is fire.

      • themohel - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Well said, Zippy and Deadeye. Although it seems to me Craig applies the “innocent until proven guilty” card along with “beyond even an UNreasonable doubt” standard. It seems that anyone who attempts to draw any kind of inference from the evidence presented is to be demeaned as jumping the gun. BTW – reasonable doubt is for use in criminal trials; news consumers are allowed to use whatever standard they choose – even less than a preponderance of the evidence.

    • raysfan1 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      Or…y’all could actually read all of Craig’s work on PEDs and see where he has said, EARLIER THIS WEEK that he thinks it’s clear Bonds did use steroids. Of course, then that would interfere with your own preconceived notions, so never mind.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:50 AM

        I’ve taken to trying to avoid as many steroid articles around here as possible because I find it obnoxious how one person could be so sanctimonious and obstinate simultaneously.

        It would seem theres just as much evidence if not more for Braun having taken PEDs than Bonds. Both were linked to known distributers except Braun actually failed a test too.

  9. Old Gator - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    This the same Michael Weiner who negotiated the first-draft-pick-for-signing-free-agents clause?

    • Kevin S. - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      No, that was around long before Weiner took over. They modified the deal this last CBA to make it suck slightly less.

  10. brooklynboy48 - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Reasonable people believe that Ryan Braun is a cheating piece of dung! Someone tampered with the samples, REALLY? 100 games off is not enough for that guy!!!!!!!!

    • uwsptke - Feb 22, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Try to keep your cat away from the keyboard. Looks like his paw hit the “!” key and held it down while you were trying to post your comment.

  11. futbolhistorian - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    For someone that constantly complains about how much to do is made about this topic, Calcaterra sure does spend a lot of time covering it ….

    • zzalapski - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      If Lupica et al would spend their efforts on churning out thoughtful, well-written pieces, Craig would would cover those instead. But asking them to do that seems akin to asking Craig to abstain from Batman references for an extended period of time.

  12. Liam - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Can’t believe we’ve gotten this long without an Office Space reference. What the hell, internet?

    • vivabear - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Sorry….

      “You see, it would be a mat that you would put on the floor…and it would have different conclusions written on it that you could jump to.”

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