Re: Ryan Braun busted again?
I completely understand where texasdave, Kilgore, and JB are coming from. It is truly difficult to grasp a situation where an athlete would accidently take PEDs twice. After all, these players are adults and this is their profession. They should be able to take responsibility for what they put into their bodies.
My argument is the second offense. Assuming an individual knowingly took a banned substance the first time, then somehow tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone (which can happen naturally, though rare) or a banned substance that they may not have been entirely aware of taking. Is it fair to this person to be banned from baseball FOR LIFE over a possible accident? I don't think so. We can argue that he was wrong for knowingly taking a banned substance the first time... because he was. But can we really blame someone for doing so when they feel their performance might be lacking while competitors could be gaining a competitive advantage illegally? Like we have established, this game is their livelihood. Therefore they are going to strive to be the best they can be.
I feel that baseball is doing their part and doing it well. They just passed legislation to increase in-season testing for all players. While there maybe issues with enforcement for some, there is no doubting that the game is MUCH cleaner now than it was not even a decade ago.