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Is Nelson Cruz “selfish” for not appealing is suspension?

Aug 5, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

A quick talking point coming out in the wake of Nelson Cruz deciding not to appeal his suspension is that he is being selfish:

Go search for “Cruz selfish” on Twitter to see hundreds of other similar comments.

As I mentioned before, yes, there is self-interest at play here. But are we really going to go down the “Nelson Cruz is selfish” rabbit hole here as a character judgment as opposed to merely a descriptor of motivations? I mean, you can go there if you want — it’s a free country — but I feel like doing so is likely to tie a person in knots.

A-Rod is appealing, as far as we know. He’s been widely described as selfish (among other things). Now Cruz is not appealing and he’s selfish too. Ryan Braun didn’t appeal his discipline and he’s … what, exactly? Before you answer, note that he’s been described as evil incarnate for appealing his positive PED test last year.

It’s almost like people are going to call these guys names no matter what they do. And sure, maybe they deserve some name-calling since they are rule-breakers. But let us not pretend that you weren’t gonna call them names before they chose what they were going to do with their appeal, OK?

  1. dlhouse18 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Buster Olney is a biased Yankees supporter who’s actual reporting trumps whatever his opinion was. How dare a player make the better of two choices for himself!

  2. provguard - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Seems ridiculous to appeal if one is guilty??? The dishonesty began with the use of the PEDs, so why appeal the truth???

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