Posted on: October 25, 2008 3:25 pm

NFL Drug Testing

It looks like we're going to have a few suspensions coming to the NFL.  Apparently, we've got a few players who thought they could beat the system by using diuretics.  In my opinion, the NFL should throw the book at these guys.  If we look at the mess that steroids has caused MLB, the NFL should be taking a hard-line stand against steroids.

Older NFL veterans have enough crippling medical problems from playing the game the way it has been, that to compound those issues with steroid side-effects is ludicrous.  If they don't take a stand on the issue, I could see a future floodgate open on lawsuits against the NFL for 'looking the other way'- whether from direct use of steroids, or a life-long injury occurring from a player who used steroids.  MLB has basically only the power home-run issue to deal with, concerning the integrity of records.  Virtually no discussion has happened concerning potential injuries inflicted by a person artificially bulked up by steroids.

One can argue that 'most' players do them anyway- why make an example of the few who get caught?  My answer to that is simple:  Because of the ones who don't.  Non-prescribed steroid use is illegal for a reason.  There are unpredictable side effects.  Roid-rage.  Sterility.  Brain-damage.  These are only the celebrated ones- there are many more that don't get press coverage such as liver damage, prostate enlargement, cholesterol problems, and so on.  Maybe some players are willing to take the risks involved in using steroid, but many well-informed people aren't.  These are the people who need protecting- the ones who don't want to assume the risks, but without steroids, couldn't physically compete with those who do.  In this multi-million dollar career, it's too hard to pass up.

There are ultimately a few wacko fans who like to see 22 non-green incredible hulks beating on each other.  To them I say this:  I don't see you on the field, risking life-long disability to either play the game you love, or to make a great living at something you're good at.  This game is just as exciting without steroids- why do we have to accept them as 'part of the game'? 
Category: NFL
Tags: drug, NFL, Steroids
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