Friday, September 16, 2005

SPORTS BUZZ

HOW FAR IT’S SAFE FOR THE PLAYERS TO DEPEND ON STEROIDS

The professional players using steroids probably know its dangers. It is a matter of pity to see the teenagers arrested in Connecticut, who ranged in age from 14 to 17, were members of the baseball, football and track teams. Like their favorite professional player these high school athletes watch their sports heroes bend and even break the rules, and they believe their own success may depend on imitating the pros.But these professionals unlike their fans are never called to testify are likely to face any jail time. In fact, some who are accused of using steroids to save their status ask for rehabilitation deals.

But, how far these athletic influences are valid? Let’s face it, When Mark McGwire admitted he used androstenedione during his home run record-breaking season, the sale of the steroid dramatically soared. In lieu of this it is a positive step from the commissioners of Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League to testify about their leagues' steroids policies before the Senate Commerce Committee on September 28. The much-harsher penalties of the committee will include suspensions on the first offense. I appreciate the Committee's interest and concern about the unlawful use of steroids.

What about you??????

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