A Lesson On Not Getting Caught

This column was written by CBS News Early Show Co-Anchor Harry Smith.
I for one hope that Rafael Palmeiro is telling some form of the truth -- that he didn't intentionally take steroids.

I hope somebody snuck it into his bubble gum, or sunflower seeds or whatever else big leaguers are putting in their mouths these days.

Better still, I hope that there is some kind of conspiracy, with either a disgruntled fan or a former clubhouse employee who is out to get Rafael, because it doesn't make sense, does it?

This guy has guaranteed Hall of Fame numbers. He could coast into Cooperstown. So why risk it? Why chance it?

The man who likely perjured himself by testifying under oath to a Congressional Committee that he never used steroids wouldn't be that stupid, would he?

Rafael didn't do what he got caught doing on purpose. It has to be somebody else's fault, and that somebody else is -- and you knew this was coming -- is us.

We live in a world of cheaters. Everybody does it.

Our kids believe that; it's why so many of them cheat in school. One survey estimates that about three quarters of them cheat on an exam once a year.

We cheat the government out of billions of dollars every year by the way we shape the truth of our tax returns.

Rafael, don't feel bad … cheating's ok. It's getting caught that looks so bad.

Harry's daily commentary can be heard on manyCBS Radio News affiliates across the country.
By Harry Smith
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