Ooops, Lewis tests positive for banned substance

The Orlando Magic’s Rashard Lewis tested positive for a testosterone-producing steroid and will be suspended without pay 10 games at the beginning of the season. I wonder if sports writers will treat Lewis like they do baseball players who test positive for banned substances. I guess the Magic’s Eastern Conference title is tainted, Lewis no longer deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and if the L.A. Times’ Bill Plaschke treats him like Manny, he will suggest the Magic get rid of him immediately. None of this will happen, though, watch how the double standard unfolds just like football players who get a free pass. Not in terms of the penalties handed down by the various leagues, but in regards to the media reaction. For whatever reason banned substances are a capital crime in baseball, but a slap on the wrist in other teams sports.

Photo by staff photographer Keith Birmingham

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