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Prosecuting Former Athletes, Not Banksters

In the wake of Roger Clemens’ acquittal, I feel compelled to write an open letter to the U.S. Government.  (For those of you non-sports fans, Clemens was the best baseball pitcher of our generation, but like other star players such as Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds, is widely believed to have used steroids.  The U.S. Government charged him criminally for lying to Congress about his past steroid use, and after his first trial ended in a mistrial, he was just acquitted of all charges.)


Dear U.S. Government,

Please stop wasting your time and our money trying to get convictions against former athletes.  The public at large knows most of these athletes, like Roger Clemens, probably used steroids, and many of them lied about it.  But we don’t care.  Do you hear me?  WE DON’T CARE.  We might have cared, perhaps a little, but we’re too busy being thoroughly disgusted at how various criminal banksters have committed fraud and theft on a massive, widescale basis, prompting an unprecedented financial bailout and essentially destroying the world economy, yet there are no criminal prosecutions for that misconduct.

Why do you care so much about Clemens – whose impact on the world right now is zero – yet care so little about those persons who caused America to suffer through the Great Recession?  Don’t you realize how badly this makes you look in the eyes of most Americans?  (Well, those who are awake, anyway?)

Here’s an idea for you … take the resources you’ve spent prosecuting former athletes and apply  them towards prosecutions of those persons responsible for destroying the world economy.  If you do that, and you put these criminal banksters before a jury, trust me … unlike Clemens and Bonds, you’ll get convictions.

What’s that?  You don’t want convictions of these criminal banksters?  Why is that, exactly?  (Crickets …)


Mark Stopa

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