Lofunzo wrote:As much as I would like to see him gone at this point, I don't see any way how he can go from zero failed tests to a lifetime ban, no matter how damning the evidence is against him.
First off, he has already admitted to cheating in the past albeit before the penalties were in place.
Secondly, the same way Pete Rose got banned can be applied. He not only got busted for PEDs, but supposedly tried to buy the evidence against him and otherwise interferred with the investigation in what could be interpretted as a criminal act. Call it conduct detrimental to the game, obstruction of justice, attempted bribery, etc. as taking roids or whatever he was using without a prescription is a crime and any attempt to pay others to cover that up is obstruction and attempted bribery at the very least and contrary to the best interests of the game and the intent of the agreement on PEDs between the players and the owners. Of course this is not a criminal court, but Rose was banned for doing something legal but against the highest of baseball's by-laws effectively and then lying about it. It is not a stretch to view this as equally as bad imo. We shall see if the commish has the evidence to go this route and make it stick.