The names and urine samples of about 100 Major League Baseball players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs three years ago can be used by government investigators in their probe of steroids in sports, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Regarding drugs in sports, I see two basic questions:
What is illegal?
What should be illegal? Athletes make $million from the edge that steroids give them. The basic question is how extensive should artificial changes be allowed to the human body and still call it a sport? Why stop at steroids? Biomechanical implants should be ok. Blood doping via blood transfusions should be allowed the day before every game. Psychotropic drugs to make the players meaner or think faster. Metal implants into the kickers foot. (It would be easer to let him use a metal kicking shoe.) Remember the castrati that prevented male voice change so they could sing in the choir. And that was just for church choir. Remember the German female gymnasts that were 16 and still had not gone through puberty because drugs were used to delay puberty so their power-to-weight ratio would remain high. Pro sports can certainly go a lot further than that, only in the other direction. The $6 million body is here. No need to even look human anymore.
Dealing with the here and now, what is illegal is a crime. A
background search of criminal
records will show that many pro athletes have criminal records. Even in college. The latest arrests of Hawkeye football players are a stark reminder that the football program's problems with the criminal records of its players doesn't show many signs of going away soon. Kathryn Fiegen, \"Ferentz suspends Hawkeyes,\" Iowa City Press-Citizen, February 25, 2008, James Lee Cleveland, 19, was arrested for two counts of unlawful possession of a prescription drug and a tax stamp violation after police allegedly found 21 doses of oxycodone and 24 doses of carisoprodol in his desk.
Arvell M. Nelson, 19, was arrested for possession of marijuana after police found the drug in plain view on top of Nelson’s desk.
Forty percent of NBA players have criminal records, according to Jeff Benedict, author of Out of Bounds: Inside the NBA's Culture of Rape, Violence & Crime. Yet NBA executives constantly make excuses for them, often relying on political correctness in one form or another to rationalize the rise of the criminal-athlete.