kab21 wrote:thedude wrote:
Very different reasons. The lifetime band for gambling are handed out because those offenses threatened undermined the public confidence that the outcome of games was legitimate and not the product of players or a manager attempting to lose.
Suspensions for tampering with evidence serve are handed out because the actions of the player hindered an investigation into an other offense. These suspensions are severe because it makes the investigation into the underlying offense difficult but has nothing to do with public confidence in the integrity of the sport. It is the underlying offense that undermines public confidence (and that underlying offense is not nearly as destructive as gambling/fixing games).
Of course they are different reasons but I think this reason is serious enough for the entire book to be thrown at him. I guess we differ on exactly how serious tampering with evidence is.
I think it is very serious. I just believe that fixing games/coverting with gamblers is more dangerous to the sport. Game fixing nearly killed the sport after the White Sox scandal, and the 1877 Louisville Grays scandal. Joe Jackson and Jim Devlin were properly banned for life because they fixed games and cost their teams the World Series for the former and the pennant for the latter. Tampering with evidence is reprehensible, but it is not nearly as damaging to the game.