Bush: Drugs 'Sullied' Baseball

President says he's confident league will put steroid era in the past
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2007 12:34 PM CST
President Bush, accompanied by Vice President Dick Cheney, left, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, center, and others, makes a statement to reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Major League Baseball must take the Mitchell report seriously and put the era of steroids behind it, President Bush said today. The president, a former part-owner of the Texas Rangers, cautioned against a rush to judgment of the 85 players accused of doping in the report. “We can jump to this conclusion,” he said: “That steroids have sullied the game.”

“My hope is that this report is a part of putting the steroid era of baseball behind us,” said Bush, who added he was “confident” that owners and players would respond appropriately. “I just urge those in the public spotlight, particularly athletes, to understand that when they violate their bodies, they’re sending a terrible signal to America’s youth.”