2000-02-26 / Editorial/Opinion

Three Strikes You're Out

The time has come for Yankee Darryl Strawberry to get some serious help for his drug addiction. And the time has come for Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to put an end to Strawberry's career.

Earlier in the week, news came out that Strawberry failed a drug test, required under the terms of his probation for an April 14, 1999 cocaine arrest. Commissioner Selig suspended Strawberry twice before because of drug-related arrests and a decision is pending on what to do with this new situation. It shouldn't be that hard of a decision. Strawberry has been given many chances, teammates and fans have believed in him, his wife has stuck by his side, he has been in an out of treatment, and still he goes back to cocaine. And we can't forget he is a role model for millions of kids. What are they to think if he gets away with it again? There are consequences for life's actions and kids in today's society must understand that--and so must Strawberry.

Strawberry says his drug addiction is a disease and is asking for compassion. Tons of compassion has been given to Strawberry. What he needs now is intensive help, some type of inpatient program for his addiction. No one doubts the difficulties Strawberry has faced. He survived colon cancer and financial problems, as well as past drug problems, but people in worse situations than Strawberry have overcome difficulties without drug abuse.

Commissioner Selig must make a difficult, but necessary decision--that is to suspend Strawberry for one year. A month away from 38, this suspension would most likely end Strawberry's career. But, this is what needs to be done.

Strawberry said to his teammates, "I made a mistake, but please don't judge me on that." Yes, mistakes are forgivable and people shouldn't be condemned eternally for their errors. But, once again, life is without consequences and Strawberry must live up to the path he took in life.

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