Originally Posted by drowg14
I used to care. I no longer do. If athletes want to poison their body in order to produce better, then so be it. And I don't think there is evidence that the new "designer drugs" are as terrible for the body as anabolic steroids are (if anyone has evidence to the contrary I would like to read it). So if they know the risks/the risks today are minimal, I don't see the problem. In the end it produces a better product on the field. The only reason players like Ruth and Gehrig didn't cheat with PED's is because they weren't around, and back then players were not as fitness minded as they are now. They didn't train all year round, simply because millions of dollars weren't at stake.
And to all the people who say it's despicable for these athletes to cheat the game like this, you have no idea what you would do in their situation. You don't know how you would react of millions were at stake, and you could set your kids, and your kid's kids, and your kid's kid's kids up for life.
I have more of a problem with the amount of other issues in the game, such as DUIs, players beating their wives, and the corruption associated with Latin American scouting. This should be a much bigger focus on "cleaning up the game," IMHO.
I would never leave so much money to my kids that none of my descendants would have to work to live comfortably for 3 generations, but maybe thats just me.
And if you allow professional athletes to start taking PEDs you will set a precedent. College athletes will want to start doing it so they can have a leg up once they get to the pros, and then highschool players will want to follow suit.
That all being said, I dont have nearly as much of a problem with players using substances like HGH to rehab from an injury. If a normal person got a serious injury and their doctor told them that if they take a substance, safely, then it would rapidly decrease their recovery time we'd all take it. Obviously we wouldn't be able to have it both ways though.