A quick hypothetical...say you're working for a generic corporate institution. Every morning, you take a supplement provided under a professional's supervision which improves your performance. This supplement has been around for years, and while it has contradictory medical opinions regarding it's safety and effectiveness, it has increased your production and you have moved up the corporate ranks and, after a few years of paying your dues, enjoy a lovely management position which compensates you extremely well.
Upper management hasn't formally encouraged the use of this supplement, but at the same time, they enjoy the benefits of the impoved quality of your work. You recieve increased benefits and lavish gifts from the national headquarters because of the job you've done, which has been helped by this supplement. However, a rising star in the office, a real hot-shot kid, who uses the same supplement, begins to shoot up the corporate ladder.
This new hot shot is undeniably great, yet is petulant and high-strung, and exhibits some of the medically proven side effects of said supplement. Because of the newfound popularity of this supplement, the government begins to inquire on the legality of the widespread perscription and puts pressure on your company's higher-ups to clean up the office and get rid of the seeming dependence on this product.
The supplement has obviously assisted your career, the increased focus and lack of distractions it provides allows you to double your production. Yet, the higher-ups, while previously privately encouraging such use, now are on a witch hunt. They invite a consultant to investigate the national use inside the corporation. This consultant has some ties to the company, but at the same time, he really has no authority to get solid information. His investigation is comprised solely of questionable witnesses with a disgraced past amongst the corporation, yet at the same time, his investigation will no doubt be looked upon with great interest by top management. This consultant, while conducting his investigation, has proved to be incompetent, a bumbling idiot who keeps tripping over his own investigative feet. He is stonewalled by the most suspicious characters because he has no authority to force testimony. For all intents and purposes, it appears that he is doing nothing at all for long stretches of time.
Here's the question. This report...is essentially rumor. There is no legal support to solidify these testimonies, of witnesses who were either dismissed for poor work or for questionable out-of-work activities. The supplement that is being targeted is being used under a professional's supervision and obviously has benefited the users. The same people who privately encouraged its use, and who benefited most significantly, are now the one's trying to expose users and clean their hands. Both the report AND the motives are highly questionable, yet your union leader's hands are tied and action must be taken.
HOW THE FUCK DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENSE?!?!?!?!?
Listen, this is essentially the same situation baseball is in with HGH use. Yea, steroids are bad, but you know what? Unless you have a positive drug test, you can't prove shit. If this "report" was used to indict a suspect of a crime, it would be thrown out before even going to trial. It's pure speculation, and that's being generous.
The Mitchell is the biggest pile of shit baseball has ever tried to produce. You know what baseball? WHY NOT INCREASE DRUG TESTING? Sure, you won't get HGH users, but at the same time, medical technology is advancing, and it's only a matter of time until a reliable test materializes. Instead, you hire a RETARD to conduct this retarded investigation, and now you're going to expose a bunch of major leaguers and essentially ruin their public images. The public will only see the names, they won't know that the whole investigation is bogus, because you won't tell them the details.
You're only "witnesses" are a disgraced relief pitcher and a fired, criminal clubhouse attendant. Hey, this crackhead down the street told me that my coworker smoked some PCP the other day. It must be true. This guy who was convicted of fraud just exposed my manager for money laundering. Real great source you have there. Sure, these guys might know something, but can their testimony really be trusted?
This whole thing is bogus. George Mitchell is an idiot and FAR more of a disgrace to the game than Pete Rose and Ty Cobb ever were. Somehow, these guys, Selig, Mitchell, and the rest of the crew, have actually made me sympathetic towards some of these guys. I never thought I'd feel sympathy for guys like Giambi and Miguel Tejada, but it's pretty obvious they're going to get smeared. Yet, why didn't Selig, THE COMMISSIONER OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, institute stiffer drug testing when it was obvious to any impartial observer that these guys weren't just drinking coffee in the clubhouse.
This Mitchell Report is a joke, a coverup for Selig once again proving that he might just be the worst commissioner in the history of organized sports.
If I was a baseball player, I'd go on strike immediately...this thing is bullshit.