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Cheating or Putting Others in Danger – What Upsets You More About Your Favorite Athletes? [POLL]

Roger Clemens
Roger Clemens/Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Being a sports fan shouldn’t be that difficult. You choose a team to root for and you go from there. The rest should work itself out. We sometimes forget that these athletes that we admire may be arrogant. They are also super rich, and looking to get richer.

Last week, San Fransisco Giants outfielder, and former New York Yankee, Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs in a recent drug test.

Yankee fans have dealt with this more often than they should in recent years. Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Jason Giambi have all been outed as performance enhancing drug users during their time with the Yankees. It’s frustrating.

Big muscles could lead to bigger numbers which inevitably leads to bigger dollar signs. I usually stop rooting for individuals after they known cheaters. However, what they are doing, while they are harming themselves in the long run, could have helped the team win games. I’m not saying I agree with it, but if I had to defend them, that’s the argument I’m going with.

Former Baseball Player Jim Leyritz
Former Baseball Player Jim Leyritz/Photo by Broward County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images

Flip to the other common problem amongst star athletes. Getting intoxicated and then getting behind the wheel of their vehicles. Yesterday, Michael Pineda, a Yankees pitcher who hasn’t played this season due to injury, was charged with DUI in Tampa, Florida.

According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, Pineda is set to make a total of $528,475 by the end of the 2012 season. He is nowhere close to being considered a “high-paid” athlete, but with over half a million dollars, you’re telling me he CAN’T call a cab?

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that more professional athletes have been busted for DUI than have been busted for using performance enhancing drugs. In my opinion, that’s more disappointing. These people have the money and resources to get to and from where they want to go safe and sound yet the would rather put themselves and countless others in danger.

What do you think? Do you think it’s more upsetting to see one of your favorite athletes get busted for using performance enhancing drugs or seeing one of your favorite athletes get arrested for driving under the influence? Let us know by taking the poll below.

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