Quinn Heydt: Steroids And Issues Of Inequality And Morality

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Quinn Heydt: Steroids And Issues Of Inequality And Morality

  1. 1. Steroids and Issues of Inequality and Morality By Quinn Heydt JUS 494
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>There is substantial and extensive evidence showing that the use of steroids in professional sports creates an unbalanced playing field and a high level of inequality among athletes. Steroids also create an issue of morality for players and this issue leads society to wonder if these muscle enhancers are ethical or not in the world of professional sports. </li></ul><ul><li>Technological advancements of illegal muscle enhancers and supplements taken by athletes and thousands of people every year change the way people view sports and they ruin an ethical player’s morals and standards as one must decide to rise to the level of abusers in order to make their advancement and paycheck equal to that of a steroid abuser. </li></ul><ul><li>In order to prove this inequality exists one must view how steroids impact a player’s ability to play better, longer, and stronger compared to one who doesn’t take illegal substances, and the barriers that steroids implement for players like losing their job to someone else, not making enough money to support themselves, and the health risks involved. It is clear that a level of inequality is apparent, due to the fact that many of the major league baseball greats as of lately are under scrutiny as it appears that steroids are the reason for jumpstarts in careers and success </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction Continued <ul><li>The use of illegal steroids also creates an issue of morality and ethics as they relate to technology as groups of people must decide whether this dangerous and illegal technology is worth using in order to better one’s professional career. </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps some of the most valuable evidence when it comes to determining the issues of morality that arise is the opinions of the fans. An important method of inquiry is to take surveys and interviews asking people their opinions on illegal enhancers and whether they create inequality or are ethical or not. </li></ul><ul><li>The groups of people involved in professional sports should be able to see that their actions in taking illegal substances hurt the world of professional sports and create an unequal playing field for athletes that continues to breed higher levels of inequality. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Case Analysis 1 <ul><li>In Diego Ribadeneira’s article “The Quick Fix,” he interviews a professional body builder named Matt Creighton who describes how steroids create inequality among lifters. &quot;If I wanted to do well in competition, I had no choice because it seemed just about every competitive lifter uses steroids,&quot; Creighton said. &quot;But even when I'm not competing, I take them. </li></ul><ul><li>The bottom line is that they help make me bigger&quot; (Ribadeneira). This is a clear cut case defining a line between someone who’s willing to sacrifice their body in order to gain an edge on a competitor. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Case 1 Continued <ul><li>Younger athletes are under immense pressure to perform and achieve scholarships or attempt to go pro and with the technology on illegal enhancers ever increasing, so will the inequality level between younger athletes who use and those who don’t. </li></ul><ul><li>In his article studies show that “While much of the attention surrounding the nation's drug epidemic has focused on cocaine and heroin, muscle-enhancing drugs such as steroids are being used in steadily increasing numbers, and especially alarming is their growing popularity among youngsters” (Ribadeneira). </li></ul>
  6. 6. Case 2 <ul><li>Athletes face tremendous pressure when trying to perform for themselves, coaches, and fans and sometimes they can’t help but consider using illegal substance to put them above the rest and moralities and pride are overshadowed as more and more athletes use illegal substances. </li></ul><ul><li>In Deborah Cameron’s article “Steroids Warcry: Bury Me Massive” she states that “For many other athletes, clandestine steroid use has become inevitable. It is the only way they can satisfy what drives their coaches, their countries, their colleagues and themselves. Steroids fortify them against the greatest weakness of all – losing” (Cameron). Morality and ethics go out the window as the prospect of winning takes over an athletes mind and all they can think of is money, fame, and endorsements. </li></ul><ul><li>The primary result of the invention of steroids led to the secondary results such as the drugs being made illegal for a reason; that reason being that they uneven the playing field and force athletes to choose between what’s ethical and what isn’t. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Case 3 <ul><li>In an article called “The Missing Moral of the Steroids Story” by David Callahan, an interview reveals that a minor league baseball player, who was asked why he used steroids remarked: &quot;I've got an easy answer for that. I'd say, you've set up a reward system where you're paying people $1 million to put the ball into the seats. Well, I need help doing that&quot; (Callahan). Society is a contributor to creating fields of inequality by making the hardest, strongest hitter the highest paid guy on the team. </li></ul><ul><li>A prime example is Barry Bonds, the article states that “Bonds gets paid $18 million a year, or more than $30,000 for each time he's at bat. That's more than a fifth of the total annual payroll of the San Francisco Giants. If Bonds has cheated by taking steroids, as has often been alleged, it's not that hard to see at least one powerful motive--nor is it hard to figure out why the rookie making 50 times less than Bonds might choose to juice up” ( Callahan). </li></ul>
  8. 8. Case 5 <ul><li>Inequality is also obtained when steroids lose their immediate effects and begin to wear a player down after extensive use of an illegal enhancer and have long term physical side effects that no longer enable them to be professionally active in a sport as their health deteriorates. </li></ul><ul><li>According to the Department of Health, steroids, “When improperly used, anabolic steroids can cause serious health problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease; liver damage and cancers; and, stroke and blood clots. Other side effects of steroids include: nausea and vomiting, increased risk of ligament and tendon injuries, headaches, aching joints, muscle cramps, diarrhea, sleep problems and severe acne” (Anabolic Steroids). This health issues created much inequality during the days when such long term effects were unknown and athletes thought they were merely sculpting their bodies and preparing more effectively for their professional sport. </li></ul><ul><li>Until the long term effects are better distributed in society and athletes are better educated as to the side effects of illegal substances, inequality will always affect those who are not fortunate enough to get their information correct and will separate levels of athletes. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusive Thoughts <ul><li>Based on evidence provided by each case it is clear that the use of steroids in professional sports creates inequality in a number of ways and also it forces athletes to question the morality of taking illegal substances. </li></ul><ul><li>Unless steroid use is regulated at more successful rate than it is right now in the world of professional sports, this inequality and presence of unethical actions by players will always be around. </li></ul>

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