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    Exclamation Why It's Time To Legalize Steroids In Professional Sports Author Chris Smith

    So much for the end of baseballís steroid era. Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon are both facing 50-game suspensions after testing positive for testosterone usage. And baseball isnít the only afflicted sport, of course, as the US Anti-Doping Agency today stripped cyclist Lance Armstrong of seven Tour de France titles and banned him from the sport for life for doping. Steroids , doping and other illicit performance enhancing drugs and treatments have become the biggest scourge of professional sports leagues, and thatís why it may be time they were made legal.

    The primary reason why performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) are outlawed in professional sports is that they give users an unfair advantage over the rest of the field. Various professional sports leagues have attempted to set a level playing field by testing for drug use and suspending those found guilty. Itís a noble effort, but itís clearly not working. Stiff punishments have done little to reduce the number of cyclists caught cheating every year; as Deadspin helpfully points out, the inheritors of Lance Armstrongís seven abandoned Tour de France titles have all been implicated in doping scandals. Major League Baseball also hands down suspensions each season to players caught using outlawed substances, and itís absurd to think those players are the only ones guilty of juicing.
    So if we really want to level the playing field, it may be time to head in the other direction: legalize performance enhancers.



    Not only would the playing field suddenly be even for all players, it would be at a higher level. A huge part of watching sports is witnessing the very peak of human athletic ability, and legalizing performance enhancing drugs would only help athletes climb even higher. Steroids and doping will help pitchers to throw harder, home runs to go further, cyclists to charge for longer and sprinters to test the very limits of human speed.

    It also makes sense for professional sports to allow steroids from a business standpoint. One needs only look to the late 1990s, when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa put on two of the most memorable baseball seasons in 1998 and 1999. Even cursory fans became invested in the home run races, especially in 1998 when McGwire shattered Roger Marisí 37-year-old single season home run record. Jerseys flew off the shelves, games sold out and baseball was so exciting that some have gone so far as to claim it ruined post-steroid baseball.

    At the same time, legalizing PEDs would make life much easier for professional sports organizations currently tasked with managing convoluted anti-doping policies. There is a blurry line, for instance, between what is and isnít an improper performance enhancer. Major League Baseball has strict limits on stimulants like ephedrine and methamphetamine, but no restrictions on caffeine use. Athletes are also barred from human growth hormone , which reputably helps with injury recovery, but they have free use of muscle-building creatine. Not only would legalized PEDs help avoid the murky area of deciding what might be ďtoo enhancing,Ē but they would save the bureaucratic trouble and possible embarrassment that accompanies disputed tests like Ryan Braunís last December.

    Detractors will argue that steroids and doping can pose health risks to the athletes involved, but athletes undertake serious health risks by simply walking onto the field or straddling a bike. Just last year, a media car ran Johnny Hoogerland off the road during the Tour de France, sending him headlong into barbed wire. Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann famously had his leg broken and career ended mid-game, and the devastating longterm effects of concussions are rapidly becoming apparent. Plus, if performance enhancers were made legal, then they could be safely distributed and regulated so that players arenít forced to rely on shady back alley transactions for untested drugs.

    In baseball, legalized steroids could go a long way toward solving the contentious issue of Hall of Fame voting. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sosa will all be on next yearís ballot, and none are expected to earn entry because the Hallís voters have so far kept out players found guilty or even suspected of using steroids. Itís a problematic approach, however, because a player who isnít suspected of steroid use could be just as guilty as one who is.

    Take Barry Larkin, for instance, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year. Larkin has, to my knowledge, never been accused of using steroids. But the shortstop hit 33 home runs in 1996, right in the heart of the steroid era. Larkinís power that year was a career anomaly, as he never hit more than 20 home runs in any other season. I canít say that Larkin used steroids, but I canít say that he didnít, either. The simple fact is that any recent player inducted to the Hall of Fame will enter under a veil of suspicion and uncertainty, regardless of what evidence exists. If PEDs are made legal in professional sports, then suspicion would no longer need apply and the best players would be fairly rewarded for their on-field performances
    Synthetically-inflated statistics may no longer be comparable to historical records but, while itís nice to look back on what players accomplished decades ago, itís important to note that historical statistics are already antiquated. Baseball has changed over time, so records set by Babe Ruth or Roger Maris are obsolete. Rule changes radically changed baseball at the end of the dead-ball era, and the talent pool widened considerably when the league was racially integrated in the 1940s. Hitters gained a huge advantage when the mound was lowered five inches in 1969, and nutrition and training regimens have turned modern baseball players into physical specimens that were unheard of decades ago. Simply put, professional sports have evolved so much over the years that itís mostly nonsense to directly compare statistics across eras, regardless of steroid use.

    Athletes are going to take steroids and turn to doping regardless of the rules. Drug use in cycling is seemingly as old as the sport itself, and baseball players have tried to cut corners wherever possible, whether it be with spit balls, corked bats, stimulants or steroids. It doesnít justify the actions of Armstrong, Cabrera or Colon Ė they knew the rules and chose to break them Ė but the current system has continually failed to establish a level playing field for the worldís most talented athletes. Legalizing steroids, doping and other performance enhancers would finally set an even bar, and that would just be the first of many benefits.

    (All Credit for this Article belongs to Chris Smith, Forbes Staff member)
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    Great read thank you!

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    Great article, thanks for the good read!

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    Like this article!

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    great read, thanks for sharing

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    did you get this off the forbes website?

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    Great read! I agree for sure!

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    I disagree with the article. Just sayin. Ped's should not be in sports and that's why you'll get in trouble if caught. Because if the babe or hank every took roids they'd have 1000 HR's. but bonds had juice and could hardly scrape by hank. He was already a HOF candidate before 2002 or whenever he started the junk. It shouldn't be in sports. Because of the past. And if it's made legal there should be an ***** next to all the players names stats starting the year ped's are made legal. I'm going to piss a lot of people off with this article but sorry, that's my thinking.

    I'm on the junk but don't think it should be in any sport, period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by base4291ball View Post
    I disagree with the article. Just sayin. Ped's should not be in sports and that's why you'll get in trouble if caught. Because if the babe or hank every took roids they'd have 1000 HR's. but bonds had juice and could hardly scrape by hank. He was already a HOF candidate before 2002 or whenever he started the junk. It shouldn't be in sports. Because of the past. And if it's made legal there should be an ***** next to all the players names stats starting the year ped's are made legal. I'm going to piss a lot of people off with this article but sorry, that's my thinking.

    I'm on the junk but don't think it should be in any sport, period.
    If you are going to compare Bonds to Aaron it should probably also be noted that Bonds played 5 seasons less than Hank.
    Further more they are performance ENHANCING drugs. Not a magic bean that will make me the next baseball star!
    Take Josť Canseco and his identical twin brother Ozzie. Both pro major league baseball players, both on gear and both trained the same (according to Josť) therefore, why doesn't Ozzie have home run record? Or for that matter why have a lot of people never heard of him?

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    dude, when you already have pure talent like bonds did before he was on roids and you take roids and youre enhancing your performance by taking them what he did will happen because of that. it sounds like youre saying even if he didnt take roids he still would of done everything he did. he wouldnt be the walk king that he is. all those intentional walks. all his success after whatever year it was '02 i think somewhere in that ballpark he blew up those numbers wouldnt have been that inflated.

    there's two sides to every argument and im on the other side of the fence on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by base4291ball View Post
    dude, when you already have pure talent like bonds did before he was on roids and you take roids and youre enhancing your performance by taking them what he did will happen because of that. it sounds like youre saying even if he didnt take roids he still would of done everything he did. he wouldnt be the walk king that he is. all those intentional walks. all his success after whatever year it was '02 i think somewhere in that ballpark he blew up those numbers wouldnt have been that inflated.

    there's two sides to every argument and im on the other side of the fence on this one.
    Fair enough! We are all entitled to our opinions! I wasn't saying that clean for clean anyone is any better, just that steroids are just to add to that natural ability and skill a player has honed over the years. I personally am not even a baseball fan.. So I won't even try to argue and act like I know what in taking about haha especially when it comes to stats and records.. I just think with as safe as steroid use can be in this day, there is really no reason not to allow it.. I think these drugs are something that can improve the human race as a whole. If we limit our abilities to what we have naturally we aren't using the number one advancement that separates us from animals which is the use of tools. One might argue that spending hours a week in the gym to train isn't natural.. Or that using technologies like books and the internet are not our "god given" natural abilities... We use the tools we have to improve our self. Both physically and mentally.

    So why limit professional athletes. Why should we hinder the improvement of their own body and mind?

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    even though i have my own opinion on the matter i have always wondered if baseball or all sports for that matter allowed ped's. i would be in favor only if there were an *asterisk* next to the year that was introduced next to all stats. but i mean the world we live in it'd never happen. that's what wwf/wwe whatever that red neck sport theyre calling now is for lol

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    I can agree with notating in records a difference between natty and on gear but I would think you would more easily star the ones who do NOT use! cause I honesty believe you would have very few who stay clean if it was legal...
    For that matter I'd say you already have more dirty than clean. Just not admittedly

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    Maybe you're right for more dirty than clean but put a star just to respect the old records I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by starscream View Post
    If you are going to compare Bonds to Aaron it should probably also be noted that Bonds played 5 seasons less than Hank.
    Further more they are performance ENHANCING drugs. Not a magic bean that will make me the next baseball star!
    Take Josť Canseco and his identical twin brother Ozzie. Both pro major league baseball players, both on gear and both trained the same (according to Josť) therefore, why doesn't Ozzie have home run record? Or for that matter why have a lot of people never heard of him?
    Agree with this somewhat injecting aas isn't going to make you be able to hit a 95mph fastball

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    Great read but disagree with legalizing PED's in sports. Sure a lot already use and the arguments of "leveling the playing field" are interesting but it misses on a few key points.

    What if an athlete doesn't want to juice and has raw talent. Should they be ignored or be forced to take drugs in order to go pro?

    What kind of a message does it send kids who idolize their sports heroes. Like would Barry Bonds come up to little Jimmy and be like "keep training and then when you hit college start sticking yourself with needles every 2 days until you get big like me and need TRT later." I know it can be done safely but sounds ridiculous.

    Also if it were formally legalized then a ton of highschool or college kids will start using because obviously its okay if the MLB, NFL or whatever condone and even promote it and hit serious complications.

    Just my 0.02
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    Definitely an interesting take on the subject...

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    Interesting opinion. I like it!

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    2 years passed and yet to see legalizing of PEDs, ......and even weed.

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    let them use if they want, or have a league all on its own that s open to it, they will see hoe much more watch the new league i bet. the laws are fugin politics IMO... just like drug laws ( though more money plays a part in it also ofcourse, like the DEA wants anything legal HAHA)

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    I think if anything the laws for doping in pro sports will get stricter especially on the heels of the ufc changing their doping laws to the toughest of all pro sports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joco71 View Post
    I think if anything the laws for doping in pro sports will get stricter especially on the heels of the ufc changing their doping laws to the toughest of all pro sports.
    and the market for enhanced sports will slowly grow. they pussh too much and people will go to untested sporting IMO

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