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Do You Care If Athletes Are Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs?

Submitted by on February 10, 2013 – 12:42 pm2 Comments

The answer to the question I’ve posed in the title of this post seems obvious: Of course you care if athletes are using performance-enhancing drugs. For years now, you’ve been taught about how bad PEDs are for a person’s body. You’re been taught about how using PEDs is considered cheating. You’ve been taught about how PEDs are ruining professional sports. But, should you really care about them as much as you do?

I ask because, every single day, it seems like a new allegation comes out about this guy or that guy using PEDs. In the last month, everyone from Lance Armstrong and Ray Lewis to Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun has been connected to PED use in some way, shape, or form. It’s gotten so out of hand that I, more or less, tune out whenever I hear one of their stories being broadcast on ESPN. The truth is that we’ll never actually know whether or not someone was juicing unless they come right out and admit it—and that happens very rarely—so why should I invest my time into following a story that won’t have a clear-cut conclusion? But, there’s another side effect to all of the PED stories flying around these days: I don’t trust anyone. I suspect that anyone could be doing them right now, and I’m fully prepared to believe that any pro athlete out there could be tied to PEDs in the future, no matter how “nice” or “clean” they seem right now.

As a result of thinking that way, I’m no longer surprised when I hear about athletes testing positive for PEDs or getting linked to a doctor who prescribes PEDs. And, by taking that approach, I don’t care about athletes using PEDs anymore. Do I wish they wouldn’t take them? Of course. But, I’ve also accepted the fact that PEDs are a part of pro sports and that they’re probably not going anywhere anytime soon. Athletes are going to continue finding new ways to take them. The stakes are too high. The money is too good. And, too many guys will resort to doing or taking anything to stay active in sports. I wish I didn’t have to think that way. But, that’s just the way things are today. And, because of it, I don’t “care” anymore when athletes are connected to PEDs.

Where do you stand on the issue? Do you still get all riled up when you hear about an athlete using PEDs—or have you just come to accept it? Let us know.

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