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Manny Ramirez Suspended

La Opinin, Posted: May 08, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- A bucket of cold water fell yesterday over Los Angeles and fans of professional baseball, with the 50-game suspension of the Dodgers new prodigal son, Manny Ramrez, after a positive drug test, reports La Opinin. An editorial in the Spanish-language newspaper notes that Ramrez is not the first and certainly will not be the last standout athlete to be linked to the use of some type of banned substance or to rationalize such use as a mistake or an oversight. This blacklist includes names like Alex Rodrguez, Jos Canseco, and Rafael Palmeiro, but the reality is that many more lesser known players have succumbed to the temptation and believe that the end justifies the means in order to be the next star. Even if we accept the excuse that it was unintended or a "mistake," editors write, it is true that what happens in professional sports tends to have an impact on children and young people, who look to emulate their sports heroes. Maybe we have lost sight of the fact that sports, apart from being a very big business, is a human activity demanding fair play, on a level playing field, based on the athletes skill and effort, the editorial notes. Unfortunately, for many of these athletes, editors write, the temptation and greed are too great to let the opportunity pass them by.

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