Originally Posted by dougdirt
Well, lets make two points here.... You are assuming Volquez lied. Maybe he isn't (granted, maybe he is). The difference is, Volquez has a story that he can back up, now whether that is why he had a positive, we will never truly know, but his story about the drugs he got, is legit.
And at the end of the day, steroids/hgh/whatever other PEDs aren't the same as crack. They just aren't. If you have never dealt with someone who was a serious drug addict, I can understand you not getting that point. As someone who has dealt with multiple in my life, let me just assure you, its real. Its scary. And the threat of going back for them is incredible.
What if Edinson and his wife want to have a second child?
There is risk that is involved with Hamilton. Every addict has a lifelong struggle ahead of them. But there are people who beat addiction. There are people who are successful for the rest of their lives at avoiding addiction. There have been no studies about the destructive nature of abuse 5 years down the road. To suggest that there haven't been addicts playing sports is naive. IIRC Lawrence Taylor admitted that he played the majority of his games high. Mickey Mantle was a functioning alcoholic during his HOF days with the Yankees. There is nothing there to say that Hamilton will stay clean for the rest of his life, but there is also nothing there to suggest that he won't stay clean. IMO he is a generational type of talent, you take that risk and get him the best support system available.