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John Feinstein Wrote A Completely Moronic Article In The Washington Post Saying Len Bias Shouldn't Be In the Maryland Hall Of Fame (And Compared Him To Pete Rose For Some Reason)

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Washington Post - More than 28 years after his death rocked the sports world, Len Bias is going to be inducted to the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame this October, the school announced Wednesday.

Almost 25 years after being banned from baseball for betting on games, Pete Rose still is begging to be inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The question is this: Should either one of them be in any hall of fame?

Rose is baseball’s all-time hits leader — 4,256 — and if he hadn’t been caught betting on baseball, he would have been a certain first-ballot Hall of Famer five years after he last played in 1986.

Bias is — almost without argument — the greatest basketball player in Maryland history. If he hadn’t died of a cocaine overdose soon after being taken with the No. 2 pick in the 1986 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, he would have been in the school’s Hall of Fame the moment he was eligible.

But greatness as a player has never been an issue with either Rose or Bias. Rose is banned from baseball and can’t be inducted to Cooperstown unless he is reinstated by Commissioner Bud Selig or whoever replaces Selig next year. Bias’s number has hung from the Comcast Center rafters for years, but the school has never seen fit to make him a Hall of Famer until now.

There is no doubt a stain of mendacity on Rose that never fell on Bias. Rose repeatedly lied in depositions for the Dowd Report, the findings of which led to Rose accepting a ban from baseball in 1989. Rose only stopped lying about betting on baseball in 2004 because he was peddling a book and because he believed — as he said as recently as this week — that if he finally fessed up, Selig would reinstate him. He didn’t do it because his conscience caught up with him but because he was tring to sell books and because he thought he would get off the hook if he said, “Yeah, yeah, you got me.”

It hasn’t worked out that way. And Rose has become a pathetic figure, annually showing up on various media outlets during the all-star break to plead his case. His latest rationale is that what he did wasn’t as bad as what steroid users did. That’s debatable — but it’s also irrelevant to his case for induction.

There’s a character clause on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, which is why no one should ever vote for Rose or any of those who took steroids and lied about taking them.

There also is a character clause attached to the Maryland Hall of Fame. Apparently the committee decided 28 years was enough time either to look the other way or believe that dying of a cocaine overdose doesn’t represent a major character flaw.

Of course many people, including Lefty Driesell, who recruited and coached Bias, have convinced themselves Bias had never used cocaine before that night. Others have tried to make Bias into some kind of martyr. He was neither innocent nor a martyr. He was an extraordinarily gifted basketball player who got involved with some bad people. It cost him his life — and it cost Maryland dearly.

Driesell insists to this day that, in spite of his death and the way he died, Bias was good for Maryland, that many players wanted to go there because they were so enamored of him as a player. Gary Williams, who had to deal with the specter of Bias’s death when he arrived on campus in 1989, disagrees.

“I had just gotten to Ohio State when Bias died,” he said Wednesday. “When I heard the news, it was as if I’d been hit over the head with a sledgehammer. He was such a great player, and he played for my alma mater.

“But it wasn’t until I got back to Maryland that I really understood the impact he’d had on the school. There were kids who were great players who were decent students who we couldn’t get in school because Maryland was trying to prove it was recruiting a different kind of athlete.

“Maryland people were still shaken by the whole thing. It hurt our self-image. I remember after we lost to Duke in the Final Four in 2001, feeling as if a lot of Maryland people still thought, ‘Well, that’s who we are. Something’s always going to go wrong.’

“I have mixed emotions about this. As a player, obviously it’s a no-brainer. But I think you have to remember everything in life, not just the good things. It’s as if some people want to forget that the reason he died was because he did something wrong. That’s a fact, and there’s no getting away from that fact. I saw the results of it up close.

“If the publicity from this reminds some kids that this can happen, this does happen, not just to famous athletes, then maybe that way some good can come of it.”

The question, ultimately, in deciding whether someone is a hall of famer is whether they elevated their sport, their school or their profession. Some sports’ halls of fame rely strictly on numbers, even though they often paint an incomplete picture.

In the cases of Bias and Rose, there is no ignoring the numbers — but they can’t stand alone in making final judgment.

Baseball was sullied and damaged by Rose’s actions, which should mean the privilege of being in the Hall of Fame is taken from him in spite of his remarkable achievements.

The same, sadly, should be true of Bias. There’s no questioning he lit up the Maryland campus for four years. But there’s also no questioning he left it in darkness for many years in the wake of his death.

Unlike Rose, Bias should be forgiven. He was young and foolish and paid the most horrible price possible for his mistake. But, like Rose, he should not be honored.

Pitied, certainly. But honored? No.

 

I read that article last night and couldn’t make up or down or left or right of it. It just came out of nowhere, saying Len Bias shouldn’t be in the Maryland Hall of Fame and comparing him to Pete Rose. I thought I missed something. I don’t claim to be a know it all. Sometimes I just don’t get things or they go over my head. So I asked on Twitter if there is something I missed. Something I didn’t understand. I needed to know if there was any reasonable explanation for it. And if there is something I know about Twitter, it’s people are not scared to anonymously voice their opinions. So if I was wrong, people would let me know I was wrong. But apparently I missed nothing here. It’s just a completely thoughtless pile of garbage excuse for sports journalism.
 

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It’s actually amazing something like that got published in the Washington Post. It has to be click bait right? Nothing else makes sense. Len Bias made a terrible mistake 28 years ago, and John Feinstein still wants to crucify him..for what? For dying? Had he stopped that last line of coke a half an inch earlier and lived, what would the discussion be? Would there be one? Does he want Bias to apologize from the grave? He didn’t kill another person. He didn’t punt a puppy off a bridge. He did a drug and suffered the ultimate consequence. And this whole time I am still ignoring that he brought Pete Rose into the discussion, who 1) should be in the hall of fame because he’s one of the best hitters of all time, and 2) has literally nothing to do with Len Bias. And who cares if Feinstein, an old white guy who is as out of touch with the world as anyone, “forgives” Rose or Bias? Is he the ultimate judge of what is right or wrong now? Is he going to comb through the hall of fames and write dissertations about who should and should not be forgiven or in the halls?

Michael Irvin is the NFL Hall of Fame and employed by the NFL. Dexter Manley is in the Redskins Ring of Fame. Mike Tyson is pretty much universally loved at this point. But Feinstein can’t get past a mistake that happened 28 years ago? It’s baffling. The Hall of Fame is for what you did in your sport. You are honored for your performance on the court, the field, the diamond. Not for your personal life.

And let’s focus on this. This is a thing he wrote.

“Apparently the committee decided 28 years was enough time either to look the other way or believe that dying of a cocaine overdose doesn’t represent a major character flaw.”

 

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At the end of the day, Feinstein is just an old idiot and is the reason print media is dying. Just so clueless and so awful. Sure he got his clicks now, but this should reflect on the Washington Post and what they choose to publish.

 

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