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  • 1. Andy Cross May 7 2010 Anabolic Steroids Should people construed as role models or heros adhere to a higher set of guide lines? Obviously it’s difficult to enforce different rules and regulations for different groups of people; some might call this segregation, but let’s stick to a moral stand point. If an individual has the hopes, dreams, pride and trust of an entire nation resting on their shoulders, should additional consideration be put into setting a positive and admirable example? The obvious answer is yes. If the President of the United States were caught, say, doing something slightly immoral, how would that reflect on the rest of us? Where does this set the standard of morals for our youth and how would our country be perceived throughout the rest of the world. Likewise, if police officers are caught breaking the law or parents are caught doing drugs, what sort of example does that set for those who look up to them? What will the effect be on those who perceive correct the examples set by people in positions of power and respect? Let’s take a look at sports, athletes specifically. Are they role models? As long you have been on earth for longer than a week, the answer is pretty obvious. Do some hold higher levels of admiration or national pride than others? Yes, at least from a personal stand point. There is a certain group of people who excel to such great heights, and accomplish such great feats they are unanimously considered the best in the world. So my question to you is, should Olympians be held to a higher ethical, and subsequently face harsher penalties for
  • 2. anabolic steroid use than football, baseball or other professional athletes? The first topic we can cover in this debate is the consistent, routine disregard for rules and laws that plague professional sports. Between football, baseball and basketball we see more drug charges, arrests and DUI convictions than frat parties and high school proms combined. Not only are the numbers of athletes getting caught staggering, the responses seem to be as well. Hearld.cornerstone.edu sites a source commenting on LeBron James current speeding conviction. For the average individual speeding at 101 mph is grounds for a misdemeanor and possible jail time, according to a personal interview with the Colorado State Patrol, yet LeBron walked away with a fine and no feelings of remorse for his potentially life threatening actions. Hearld.cornerstone.edu relayed Lebeons’ comments of, “That’s it. I was speeding. I got caught. It happens. I’m not going to jail or nothing like that. I wasn’t drunk. I was just speeding. That’s it.” Conveying the opinion to young kids, impressionable kids, that speeding at 101mph is cool, no big deal and that LeBron indorses it. With that said, it would seem like the battle for the up keep of ethics and morals in these sports has been severely stalled. I realize that the preservation of ethics and good sportsmanship is a tremendous ideology of these sports, yet at these levels the need for ethics and good sportsmanship seems diminished from high school and college. In the world of college and high school, obviously the conservation of ethics and morals is immensely important. However, once we venture into the world of professional sports, I believe that regulation instead of prohibition would be a more fitting practice. We saw with the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920’s
  • 3. that if something is made completely illegal, the ability to regulate the substance goes with it. Also, with the illegality of these substances someone is going to fill in to provide the services and needs of those who still want the substance. Al Capone of the 1920’s is a prime example. According to historylearningsite.co.uk Al Capone was making $60 million a year from alcohol sales alone. Looking at anabolicsmall.com we see that over 1,084,000 adult Americans have reported using steroids. Who is going to become the Al Capone of the steroids world? As shown by alcohol, once illegal there is no way to regulate the amounts consumed or the types of substances being consumed. Professional sports are a job, and a tremendously unique job at that. In a business based solely on fan attendance and participation, the question of how important the protection of solely natural competition actually is. Would it be more productive to redirect some of the resources used to insure “fair play” towards the prevention of dog fighting, alcohol abuse and the championing of drugs? The argument could be made. On the other end of the spectrum, we have Olympic athletes, the epitome of athletics; the historical representation of competition spanning the bridges of time. The Olympics have seen world wars, the rise and fall of empires and still persevere. Technically, the Olympics have been sustained due to the sentimental importance placed on them. Generation after generation for centuries, civilizations have come together in the pursuit of a title. The Olympic Games unite the human race in a way that nothing else can; not art, not music, not even the shared fundamental building blocks of life can bring us together like the games. They possess a certain spark; they alone hold the ability to
  • 4. entice the world’s attention for two weeks in the midst of violence, hate and religious turbulence. This shining characteristic single handedly catapults the games into a category all its own. With this stated, we return to the athletes charged with continuing this feat of human achievement, and back to the question of what to do with the cheaters. The selfish, self absorbed people who are more concerned with personal recognition than the preservation of this historical wonder. The individuals who would attempt to destroy the name of this immense collection of human spirit, and attempt to undermine the thundering abilities of the absolute exceptions in this world. Considering the importance of the games, and the national disgrace that steroids bring I believe that a life ban from competing should be in order. There must be serious ramifications for these actions, as of right now there are bans, yet they only last for a few years. According to txtwriter.com Marion Jones went to prison after using steroids, but more for lying under oath as opposed to the sole ingestion of steroids. I’m not calling for jail time, I don’t believe that that is an appropriate response, but a life time ban will keep these athletes accountable and force the point across that this will not be tolerated. While these substances need to be regulated in all aspects of all levels of sport, in certain circumstances it would be more pertinent to keep them under control than to allow drug dealers to prescribe them. If we keep them under control and administered at a responsible level this will allow for regulation and for the appropriate people to distribute them. Adults will be allowed access to them, under strict regulations and guide lines for use. Penalties will be kept intact or increased for misuse and in cases of distribution to
  • 5. minors; I believe that jail time is absolutely justified and needed. Works Cited
  • 6. "Colorado State Patrol Speeding Questions." Telephone interview. 7 May 2008. Johnson, George. "Anabolic Steriods at the Olympics." Txtwriter Inc. Homepage. Web. 07 May 2010. <http://txtwriter.com/Onscience/Articles/steriodsolympics.html>. "Pro-athletes Are Poor Examples When It Comes to Laws." The Herald. Cornerstone University, 18 Apr. 2008. Web. 07 May 2010. <http://herald.cornerstone.edu/2008/04/18/pro-athletes-are-poor-examples-when- it-comes-to-laws/>. "Steroid Statistics - Anabolic Ateroid Statistics - Use and Abuse in Sports." Anabolic Steroids Information and Alternatives. Bryant Enterprises., 2005. Web. 07 May 2010. <http://www.anabolicsmall.com/Steroid_Statistics.html>. Trueman, Chris. "Prohibition and the Gangsters." History Learning Site. Web. 07 May 2010. <http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/prohibition_and_the_gangsters.htm>.

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