Originally Posted by vaticanplum
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.
I agree. Unfortunately most fans and the media are so shortsighted that they don't care as much about the negative health aspects of steroids as they do the ethical issues. But there is the point of view that says that if someone wants to take something that is bad for them, they deserve what they get. I don't think anyone wanted Ken Caminiti to die but I'm sure a lot of people didn't feel a lot of sympathy for him because he knew there was a chance something like that could happen. If the person taking steroids doesn't care what could happen to him, many people aren't going to care either.