bigken117 wrote: mweir145 wrote:
bigken117 wrote:I would guess the MLB must have some sort of general conduct policy, the same as any organization from the massive Exxon to the little corner mart, that says something along the lines of employees must act in accordance with the law. Just because it's not specifically spelled out doesn't make it legal.
As far as I know, there was no general conduct policy in MLB at the time, thereby making my point a valid one.
So....if your employer doesn't explicitly say that doing cocaine is against policy, they have no grounds to suspend you for doing it? Your defense is "there's no policy against it".
Those people who abused steroids should absolutely be held accountable by the government...they broke a US law. I'm not saying it's okay to do steroids. I'm saying that if baseball doesn't outline a policy regarding it, and label it as a punishable offense, then they have no grounds to punish you. It has nothing to do with baseball players being 'above the law.' Not all US laws are baseball rules, and not all baseball rules are US laws. If a player breaks a US law, he should be held accountable by the US legal system. If that broken law is also a rule of baseball, then baseball has the right to punish that player.
Baseball cannot simply punish people for breaking US laws if they don't deem it a punishable offense in their rulebook. Otherwise, and I hate to keep having to use this example, baseball would be able to punish someone for speeding, which is also against US law. Baseball needs to define what is and is not a punishable offense IN THEIR GAME. The MLB is not an extension of the US government. Those who break US laws are to be dealt with by the legal system, not by MLB....unless, of course, MLB claims the right to do so, which they failed to do until a few years ago.
The NFL is different because it has a personal conduct policy. To my knowledge, MLB does not. Here is a link to the NFL's policy...http://www.nflpa.org/RulesAndRegs/ConductPolicy.aspx
You need to have a policy.