Steroid debate continues; Weekend weather...

Behind The News
December 14, 2007 1:09:30 PM PST
There's been no shortage of debate in our newsroom today about what happens next for baseball.Should awards and records that were given and broken by people who were pumped up with steroids be rescinded and given back? Should they have asterisks by them? Should the players be punished? Should they be banned from the Hall of Fame (a huge deal -- just ask Pete Rose)?

And what is the evidence that baseball has? Our Jim Dolan examined that question today -- and of the nearly 80 players named in the report prepared by former Sen. George Mitchell, only about a dozen or so have evidence that's stronger than just the statements of someone saying the player did steroids. And it should be noted that the people making the statements are themselves hip-deep in the steroid scandal.

Not only would much of this evidence not stand up in a court of law, it might not be strong enough for an indictment.

Which is not to say that the allegations aren't true. And in the court of public opinion, beyond a reasonable doubt isn't the bar here. Won't it be fascinating to hear and see the fans reaction at Yankee Stadium when Andy Pettitte, who just signed a one-year contract for more than $16 million, takes the mound. How many fans thought he used steroids? Not many is my guess.

Tonight at 11 we'll have more fallout from the steroids scandal.

Also at 11, we have the story of a frustrated homeowner who tried just about everything legal to get her money back from a confounding contractor. She waited nearly two years to get a refund; he gave her nothing and nothing's all she got. But then she got Tappy Phillips and 7 On Your Side.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Bill Evans (in for Lee Goldberg) with the weekend AccuWeather forecast, which is less stormy than we first thought it would be, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER


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