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Apparently the Mitchell Report was just the tip of the iceberg for Miguel Tejada. According to ESPN.com, Houston Astros’ shortstop Miguel Tejada lied about his age when he signed with the Oakland Athletics in 1993. Following the advice of a local coach, he said he was 17 years old when he signed, even though he was actually 19. However, his green card, driver’s license and other legal United States documents show his real birthday. He insists that he did not mean to do anything wrong, but thought it was his only way to sign a professional contract.
My Take: There is so much wrong with his story. First of all, I know 1993 was a very long time ago (but not really since that was the year my car was made and it’s still kickin!) but didn’t we have rules about checking legal documents before signing players back then? How does this process work? Last time I checked this was Major League Baseball and not key club (high school organization that everyone joins because it looks good on college applications). I’m seriously considering lying about my gender so I can join. Why not? The second main problem is that he insists he didn’t think he was doing anything wrong. I know ethics and morality have gray areas, but I think everyone can agree that lying is wrong. Apparently Tejada doesn’t believe in simple morals since now he’s lying about his attentions. At least Boston fans have something to take the attention off of Spygate.