Mark McGwire's faux apology is backfiring on him as many sports reporters and fans are outraged now more than they were before he came out of the closet to rehabilitate his name. He has the audacity to say that steroids didn't help his power numbers and he still would have hit 70 HRs in a single season without being juiced. Right.
ESPN immediately did a thirty-minute infomercial in support of Big Mac, and the most egregious performance was carried out by former chokemeister Bobby Knight.
Knight began by announcing that he has "a different approach to performance-enhancing drugs." He continued:
Who decides what can be used and what can't be used, and on what basis is that decision made?
Fair enough. But then Knight pivoted to his first example, surely bewildering many viewers in the process. "Gatorade is a performance-enhancing substance," Knight said. Because the sports beverage replaces electrolytes, Knight says he has "always had a real skeptical approach to all of this performance enhancing stuff."
He's a great basketball mind who has a bad temper, so I had to ask myself: Self, why is a former college basketball coach going on Baseball Tonight to talk about Mark McGwire? WTF is he doing on a baseball show? Oh, because he wants to help clear Big Mac's name. Next up will be McGwire's family pets and then some of his aunts and uncles. ESPN is trying to track down his best friend from elementary school as we speak.