Imagine removing Joe Montana, Jim Brown and Jerry Rice.
Imagine removing Michael Jordon, Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
Imagine removing those great players from where?
To answer that question, we need to take a look at a couple of other great athletes.
Slugger Barry Bonds faces 10 counts of making false statements to a grand jury, as well as an obstruction of justice charge.
Pitcher Roger Clemens is being investigated to determine whether he lied under oath while testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Allegedly, Bonds and Clemens lied about taking steroids.
Bonds could face a sentence between probation and two years in prison. Prosecutors investigating Clemens are still months away from filing chargers—if they file chargers at all.
Their situations remind observers that it’s seldom the crime that gets people in trouble, it’s the cover up.
However, it’s doubtful either one will spend a night a jail.
In the Bonds’ case, a federal judge recently excluded three positive drug tests from evidence because they lacked a direct link to him.
In Clemens’ case, his accuser is his former personal trainer, the less-than-credible Brian McNamee.
The fortunes they earned on the diamond will pay for their legal defense, but no amount of money can repair the damage they wrecked on their legacies.
Bonds is baseball’s home run king with 762 career home runs. He’s won seven MVP awards.
Clemens has won seven Cy Young Awards, he’s one of only four pitchers to amass 4,000 strikeouts and he’s won 354 games.
Their legendary accomplishments fail to surmount the stigma of cheating that comes with taking steroids.
Voters don’t like it when players, no matter who they are or what they’ve done, besmirch the integrity of the game.
After all, these are the same voters who didn’t support Pete Rose after he was banned for betting on the game. Actually, baseball’s all-time hits leader, with 4,256, was officially banned from induction.
All this leads to quite a sobering realization.
Major league’s baseball greatest hitter, greatest home run hitter and greatest pitcher won’t be enshrined in the hall of fame.
Now you know the Where.