July 18, 2013

Direct Kick: Gay, the latest fall from grace



Let’s face facts: PEDs are here to stay. In every sport. As I write this there’s some druggist somewhere trying to come up with the latest drug that will be undetectable in current drug tests. And there are athletes everywhere willing to do anything for that extra edge. For years, the former communist countries that competed in the Olympics were always under suspicion of using steroids, and in many cases, those suspicions were correct. Cycling has always competed under a cloud of suspicion. Bodybuilding, weightlifting, track and field and wrestling have all had some of its biggest names test positive over the years. As long as someone is making PEDs, someone will take them.

It’s one thing for professional athletes to take them. They are adults and can put whatever they want in their bodies no matter the consequences. But when you have high school athletes using PEDs, and believe me, they do, that’s something entirely different. Or weekend athletes using drugs in order to hit more home runs in adult softball, well, that’s just sad.

The only way to get PEDs out of sports is to ban the user for life if they test positive. Maybe that will discourage athletes from using them. The fear of taking away their livelihood and all the perks that come with it might be what it takes to wake these athletes up. But, of course, the unions would never allow this.

Until that day happens, expect to hear more and more of these stories.

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