December 11, 2004

Anthony has a lot of growing up to do

Milton Kent's paean to Carmelo Anthony ["Anthony says he's unchanged by woes," Sunday] is not what the young star needs to read if he is ever going to break with his NBA cronies and assume responsibility for what is happening to him.

Rather than affirming that his "people" are "still going to be my friends" - apparently including the "friend" who placed marijuana in his bag for safekeeping when Anthony passed through a Denver airport in October and the "friend" who produced a DVD in which Anthony appeared that was designed to intimidate anyone inclined to cooperate with police - Anthony must recognize that no one of his own accord should "chill" with people of that ilk.

It may be a tough lesson to learn for a 20-year-old who is making $3.5 million a year playing basketball and another $3.5 million a year endorsing sneakers, but being a grown-up requires more than lending his name to a candy bar to raise money for charity, especially when he is surrounded by the culture of self-indulgence and lack of self-restraint preeminent in the NBA.

Samuel Zygler Baltimore

MVP voters should've taken a stand on Bonds

Sun columnist David Steele had some harsh words to say about fan reaction to the Barry Bonds scandal ["Amid all steroid questions, fans can demand an answer," Sunday], saying there was lack of sufficient anger over the revelations that Bonds probably has been taking performance-enhancing steroids.

While it is too early to tell how most fans feel on this matter, it is not too early to ask what baseball writers were thinking when they recently gave Bonds his fourth straight Most Valuable Player Award, and seventh overall, despite abundant evidence (his body development, his stats, his trainer) that he had been taking steroids for years.

These writers missed a unique opportunity to send a message that a reasonable suspicion of drug use is grounds for denying him this prestigious award this time. Now that would have generated meaningful attention.

If these writers are publicly censured, fans might believe that the media really take this case seriously rather than just using it as a subject for generating stories to pump up fan interest and circulation.

Harry Brodie Fulton

Angelos has no right to avoid competition

I read with amusement The Sun's article concerning the vote of baseball owners to allow the Expos to move ["Owners approve Expos' relocation to Washington; Angelos dissents," Dec. 4], and I don't understand this concept of "financial protection" for the Orioles.

Let's not kid ourselves: Professional sports is nothing but a business. I was under the impression that in America we believe in free and open markets, and we have laws against monopolies. So why does Peter Angelos think he has a right to financial protection?

Does Wal-Mart get financial protection guarantees when Target moves in across the street? No. Competition is good for the consumer, in this case the fans. But then again, when has professional sports ever cared about the fans?

Marc A. Baldwin Columbia

Preston disrespectful of Billick and Boller

Why does Mike Preston find it necessary to continually refer to Brian Billick as Compu Coach and Kyle Boller as Boy Quarterback? It is irritating and unprofessional.

Billick has produced a playoff team in the majority of his seasons as coach. Boller has a winning record with only one year as a quarterback in the NFL despite losing top skill-position players and his All-Pro left tackle for much of this season.

How would Preston feel if he was constantly referred to as Boy Journalist because the public thought his writing style was juvenile?

Preston should give his opinion if that is what he gets paid to do. But be a professional. Get rid of the constant disrespect that is pervasive in almost every piece he writes.

Edward Leventhal Baltimore

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