Legalize Performance Enhancing Drugs Essay

1832 Words Mar 6th, 2008 8 Pages
Legalize Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports
The most commonly discussed issue in sports of the 21st century is the use of performance enhancing drugs by professional athletes. Over the past four years, it has been nearly impossible to turn on the television without hearing something about athletes and these drugs. From former National League MVP Third Baseman Ken Caminiti's admission of steroid use in an issue of Sports Illustrated (Verducci, 2004) to 2006 Tour de France Champion Floyd Landis being stripped of title due to a failed doping test (Blue, 2006) virtually every sport is involved. Are performance enhancing drugs a substance that threatens the very existence of professional sports, or are they the future? Perhaps the issue
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Martha Massa who competed for Greece in two swimming events at the 2004 Olympics tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol. Canadian Sprinter Ben Johnson who set a world record in the 100 meters at the 1988 Summer Olympics, and Raphael Palmeiro who is one of only 4 players in Major League Baseball History to accumulate 3000 hits and 500 home runs both tested positive for the same drug. (Wikopedia, 2006) Some will point to the stiff penalties that these athletes faced after testing positive, and that some of them were even stripped of their accomplishments altogether. I point to what they accomplished while using steroids.
From Canseco becoming the first player in Major League Baseball History to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in one season (Canseco, 2005), to Arnold Schwarzenegger being named Mr. Universe several times in the early 70's (Wikipedia, 2006), there is an extensive list of achievements by athletes using performance enhancing drugs. That list however, begins and ends with Barry Bonds, who set the all-time Major League Baseball record by hitting 73 home runs in 2001, then later admitted in grand jury testimony to using performance enhancing drugs. He broke the previous record which was set only three years early by Mark McGwire of the St Louis Cardinals who hit 70 in 1998. McGwire admitted to using Andro during the 1998 season (Staudohar, 2005) and his named surfaced during a major FBI steroids probe in the early 1990's. (Germano, 2005) The

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