24 Klein Bearchat March 2008 sports COLUMN INSTANT Breaking down breaking sports news Kaylyn Belcher Business Manager Seems like every other week there is a new scandal concerning steroids and Major League Baseball (MLB). Recently, Roger Clemens, formerly of the Houston Astros, has come under fire for his alleged use of anabolic steroids during his 24 year career. Clemens has adamantly denied that he was ever involved with any form of steroids and testified at a congressional court hearing about his supposed innocence. Clemens deserved to have criminal charges pressed against him, but he was treated like he was above the law. All Clemens had to do was testify his innocence; evidence was treated as if it did not exist. The facts against Clemens this year are not the first that he has been accused of using. In fact, the Pied Piper of major league steroid use, Jose Canseco, singled Clemens out in his book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big. Clemens is said to have been at parties when steroids were used and is said to know a great deal about performance enhancing drugs. However, Clemens was never investigated until this year when the Mitchell Report was released. George Mitchell, under the authority of the commissioner of the MLB, led an investigation of steroid use in the league, which directly named Clemens as a user. Then late in 2007, Brian McNamee a former Yankee trainer, alleged that he Clemens steriod scandal nothing more than facade of justice drugs in the MLB. There are far more pressing matters than whether or not a baseball game was compromised because the supposed “Rocket” was doped up on steroids. The matter should not be left to the national judicial system to handle. It is a criminal offence and when there are accusations made against players they should be handled in criminal court. Not only are these hearings a waste of national resources but they encourage a complete media circus. The actuality that Roger Clemens can hold a press conference in which he plays conversations that he recorded between himself and his accuser is totally uncalled for. Those tapes are evidence and should not be paraded around to help Clemens with his public image. Clemens’ career alone suggests that something has helped him along. Since turning 35, Clemens has experienced a suspicious power surge, not unlike the poster boy for MLB steroid use Barry Bonds. Clemens has gone 158-58 and won four Cy Young Awards, a suspicious achievement for a 44year-old. I am firm in my belief that Clemens used steroids but I am confused as to why these offenses are still being handled in a manner that allows crimes to go unpunished and players to get away with crimes. Steroids are illegal and these crimes should be handled in a criminal trial with offenders being punished to the full extent of the law. REPLAY REPLAY Should Roger Clemens be put on trial for steroid use? “Yes. If he was on steroids, then all the wins he contributed to wouldn’t be deserved.” ~senior Tiffany LaRose Graphic Ariel Davidson injected Clemens with anabolic steroids on several occasions. Clemens immediately refuted this and claimed he had only taken injections of vitamin B12 and lidocaine. Clemens affirms his innocence adamantly despite mounting evidence and appeared at a Congressional hearing to prove his innocence. The fact that there even was a Congressional hearing was absurd. The soul purpose of a Congressional Hearing is to collect and analyze data in the early stages of policy making which does absolutely nothing to solve the problem. Steroids are already illegal so I don’t see the justification of a congressional hearing for Clemens, he doesn’t deserve special treatment. The Justice Department is no stranger to investigating steroid use and no progress has been made to stop the use of performance enhancing “No. He did it five years ago so they shouldn’t waste their time” ~freshman Alex Evans Compiled by Joe Kruckemeyer Dancing their way to California this week, Bearkadettes prepare for what’s to come Madi Brock Staff Reporter The award-winning Bearkadettes left yesterday for Nationals in California. With competition all weekend and daily practices, Bearkadettes are putting forth all their effort to come home winning it all this Spring Break. “We have come so far this season and worked really hard, so I’m extremely excited about California,” junior Carson Wyatt said. “I know if everyone’s heart is in winning, we’ll be able to dominate at Nationals.” The team performed and competed at Klein Forest, Klein Oak, and Cy-Springs. At Klein Forest the Bearkadettes had two solo finalists, junior Megan Watson and senior Lieutenant Hayley Conrad. At Klein Oak, the team was awarded first in the extra large category; a category devoted to a dance team 50 or more girls. They also won third in the same category at Cy-Springs. “Winning the extra large category at Klein Oak was especially rewarding because I’m major,” senior Major Chelsea Charron said. “The team and I can’t wait to show California what the Bearkadettes can do at Nationals. But even more, I so can’t wait to visit Disneyland, Rodeo Drive, and the beach. We work all year and really deserve a fun vacation.” 1. The Ofﬁcers paractice in the Bearkadette room. 2. The Bearkadettes performing their team pom routine at a basketball game. 3. The Bearkadettes performing their team military as scary clowns. Photos by Madi Brock 2. 1. 3.