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Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' issue in NBA

Posted on: May 22, 2011 11:59 am
Edited on: May 22, 2011 6:56 pm
 
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose says the NBA has a "huge" issue with performance enhancing drugs. Posted by Ben Golliver. derrick-rose-usa

Update (2:02 p.m.): Rose denied making the "huge issue" statement to CBSSports.com's Ken Berger through a team spokesman. The Chicago Tribune reports that a source close to Rose said the question was phrased differently than was presented in the article. Here's more from CBSSports.com's Ken Berger, including thoughts from Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade and an official statement from Rose released Sunday afternoon.

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The 2011 NBA MVP knows what he would like to see changed about the league.

In a survey of PED use in various sports in the May 16 issue of ESPN: The Magazine, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was asked to rank its prevalance on a scale of 1-10, with one signifying "What are PEDs?" and 10 meaning "Everybody's juicing!"

Rose's response: "Seven. It's huge and I think we need a level playing field, where nobody has that advantage over the next person."

By comparison, James Laurinaitis of the NFL's St. Louis Rams also ranked his league's problem with PEDs a 7. The only sports to receive higher rankings from their representatives: Boxing (10) and MMA (8). MLB was ranked a 5.

While PEDs have been an ongoing black mark for both the NFL and MLB, the NBA has largely avoided any controversy on the subject. Indeed, the general assumption has long been that NBA players would not resort to steroids or other performance enhancers because they need agility and athleticism rather than raw power and bulk.

A major reason for that assumption has been the lack of players -- especially prominent players -- caught by the league's anti-drug program. Rose's statement appears to call into question that program, which includes testing for both illegal and performance-enhancing drugs.

Its two biggest catches: back in August 2009, then Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis was suspended 10 games for PEDs. In January 2011, Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo suffered a similar fate.

But if the current policy isn't producing a "level playing field," what is it doing? If the league's strongest point guard -- a player who can get to the rim against every team in the league and who has a lot to lose by speaking his mind -- feels like things are unfair, this is potentially a very serious problem, right?

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Comments

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Derrick Rose: NBA has 'huge' issue with PEDs

What  shame Rose is already looking aywhere he can for any excuse he can. That is not MVP that is a punk move. What a looser.



Since: May 1, 2011
Posted on: May 22, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Derrick Rose: NBA has 'huge' issue with PEDs

You get caught doping in the NBA and you get a ten game penalty. If you were a cyclist you'd be suspended for two years. If you were a French athlete you'd go to jail (that's right, doping in France is a criminal offense and you go to jail and get fined). American sports are a joke and the NBA, NFL, NCAA, etc. all want it that way. Makes me want to puke, but at least there are some people with integrity like Rose. Too bad we can count on the NBA to do nothing.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Derrick Rose: NBA has 'huge' issue with PEDs

I'm not in the media, so I don't feel the same obligation to suck up to Derrick Rose and lap up everything he says without questioning it.


I just find it hard to believe that there's a "huge" problem with performance-enhancing drugs.  Where's the evidence?  And where are the guilty parties?  Shouldn't there be more than two "biggest catches", as Golliver put it?


I guess anything is possible.  But until there's further proof, I'm going to remain neutral on the issue. 


sman2011
Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: May 22, 2011 1:06 pm
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Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Derrick Rose: NBA has 'huge' issue with PEDs

the NBA has largely avoided any controversy on the subject. Indeed, the general assumption has long been that NBA players would not resort to steroids or other performance enhancers because they need agility and athleticism rather than raw power and bulk.
this is the dumbest assumtion ive ever heard

do you people who come of with ideas like the above quoted box understand anything about steroids

the fact that its used in track n field and for that matter almost every olympic sport should tell you something

let me school you idiots on how steroids actually work

you all seem to think that u simply inject/digest something and all of a sudden your bicep has grown

thats hardly the case

anybody who ever lifted weights before knows that "feel the burn" sensation the day after the workout, steroids helps make you recover to limit the amount of hours your body needs to heal from the (rip/tear) workout
so your body heals faster and instead of going to the gym every other day your hitting the gym full force nearly every day of the week (which is just about humanly impossible)

if the subject who uses steroids does his normal stretching routine like most ahteletes do, they wouldnt have decreased agility they would have increased agility

so in otherwords you all who think this literally have it all ass backwards



Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: May 22, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Derrick Rose: NBA has 'huge' issue with PEDs

I think mandatory weekly testing in all sports would actually have a positive impact on fan response to sports.  The argument that fans wouldn't watch games because star players were suspended due to juicing is off base.  I believe fans would appreciate the integrity of the game being held to such a high standard.  It would force players to be successful on their God given talent and not from a drug.  Fans would absolutely love it.  Barry Bonds is the perfect example of how fans turned on someone that everyone knew was juicing.  Every road game was a circus for him.  If fans could be 100% certain that players were clean, it would make sports much better.  I'm all for testing them all.  If you're caught juicing, you are suspended for the season...period.  That would end the drug use.



Since: Aug 27, 2009
Posted on: May 22, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Derrick Rose: NBA has 'huge' issue with PEDs

Money money money money.... MONEY. 

I could set up a drug testing program in 5 minutes that ensures no PEDs are used.  Regularly testing every player, every week, all year. 

Why isn't this being done?

$

Star players go out, fans stop coming in.

Cash Rules Everything Around Me. 


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