Which brings me to Jose Canseco, the former baseball superstar who, in 2006, wrote a tell-all book about drug use in Major League Baseball. Even if most of what Canseco said in his book was true, what was his point? Did he really feel a choirboy's moral obligation to step forward with the truth and clean up the sport that he now says he wants nothing to do with?
I would have been much more impressed had he spoken up during the height of his career - when he had a lot on the line financially. If he had just admitted that he wrote his book for money, I might have respected him for at least being honest.
In any event, like most fans, I can't get too excited about steroid usage in sports. After all, poll after poll has shown that many people not only lie and cheat but see nothing wrong with it. And since I don't have the power to change how others think or act, I would rather focus on the more important point - being discreet about what you say and who you say it to.
In that regard, a good motto to live by is: Live every moment as though the whole world were watching and listening. With that in mind, the challenge for each of us is to be vigilant about saying anything on the telephone or putting anything in an e-mail that could come back to haunt us.
Above all, remember that friends have an amazing capacity to morph into enemies at the worst possible times. And when and if that happens, if your phone calls, e-mails, and hands are clean, you won't have to worry if a Doug Wead or Jose Canseco happens to be on the other end of the line.