I just feel that would be too aggressive. With the amount of supplements on the banned substances list, there are bound to be legitimate accidents. I would hate to see a situation where an athlete received a lifetime banishment for an honest mistake.
Assuming the player is really innocent, even with a more aggressive punishment schedule there would have to be two honest mistakes before a lifetime banishment kicked in. Have we reached the point where it is too much to expect for an adult, whose livelihood depends on this, to exercise caution and responsibility with regards to what they ingest?
I read an article where it stated that MLB has a 24-hour contact line available to players so that they can ensure what they are taking is not on the banned subtance list. Is a five-minute phone call too much to ask when your livelihood is at stake?
Nobody wants to see an innocent player get banned for life, but what are the odds of PED lightning striking the same player twice? I would say extremely slim. And, even if that were to occur, does it trump the integrity of the game? I am not certain which percentage of players are using PEDs. But I am pretty certain that the usage is not spread out evenly. I think there are pockets of usage. If a team has 5 or 6 users and your team has 1 or 2 users, doesn't that give the other team an unfair advantage?
Like I stated earlier, nobody wants to see an innocent player being unfairly punished. But the integrity of the game trumps that every time IMO.