Rusty Hardin – the attorney defending Roger Clemens against claims that he used performance-enhancing drugs – seems to be fighting for more than just the honor of baseball’s greatest pitcher.
It sounds like he is fighting for truth and justice, too.
Scott Atlas, a prominent Houston lawyer, described Hardin in The New York Times:
“He outworks everybody. And primarily he does his own investigation, pursues every lead, doesn’t take anything for granted. I would say that is what really sets him apart from most lawyers. He will challenge every assumption people have to see what happened, and that’s what’s happening here.”
Pursuing every lead, never taking anything for granted and challenging every assumption is supposed to be the job of journalists. But they’ve shown little interested in any real investigation into George Mitchell’s report on steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.
Most seem comfortable taking Bud Selig’s word that Mitchell is “an honorable man,” and that his work and findings are beyond reproach.
A few writers – Buster Olney, Murray Chass, Bill Madden and Dave Zirin – have pulled on some of the loose threads in the report, but there is still plenty of work to do.
Hardin’s reputation leads me to believe that he won’t quit until he gets all the answers.
I’m hopeful that his effort will push journalists to uncover some truth and maybe a bit of justice in this whole mess.
But I’ve seen too much, or should I say too little, from the media to take anything for granted these days.