Originally Posted by Chip R
But that's the problem. These guys aren't taking them because they are bad for them. No one's going to intentionally take something that's bad for them. No one's going to intentionally take rat poison unless they want to die. However, people will take something that may have bad side effects if it will do them some short term good. Steroids are a perfect example. They are taking these because they may be beneficial in the short term. Otherwise they wouldn't touch them with a 10 foot pole. Adding muscle mass is a good thing if it's done naturally. If Bonds, et. al. had got their builds from weightlifting and good nutrition, it wouldn't be a bad thing. It's not the muscle mass that they are gaining that is the problem, it's the way they are going about it.
I'm not condoning steroids. I'm saying that it is the damage they cause to health that gives me concern, not the distortion in the game. ie. it's not a moral argument for me, it's a physical one (or at least, the physical argument has an arguable, quantifiable component).
Obviously they cause some short term "good" in the athletes' minds. No one is arguing that.