Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"One of my main objections to doping is that it's dangerous. Doping can cause blood clots, hurt our immune system, and it can create strokes and infections. So it’s quite dangerous. Secondly, I've treated a number of athletes who have involved with doping and anabolic steroid use, and I can tell you that clinically these people present just like addicts, and we don't need more addicts in sports we don't need more addicts in society. I think this [allowing doping in sports] would be a mistake. I think we would be opening the floodgates. Young people will model and imitate what they see people do. They'll get involved with this at an earlier and earlier stage in life. And then we're going to have some deaths, and some problems, and we're going to feel kind of bad about loosening the regulations.
The purity of sports, the beauty of sports is about athletes competing with a sound mind and a sound body. We don't want the athlete with the best chemist, best pharmacist, or the best transfusionist to be the champion."
"Doping in Sports - Here To Stay?," Sunday, aired on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News [as transcribed by ProCon.org], Sep. 23, 2007
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or other relevant advanced degrees, heads of professional sports leagues, and US Congress members with significant involvement in, or related to, performance enhancing drugs and sports. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, ESPN, Tennis Magazine, and the BBC
Named "America's Top Ten Mental Gurus" by Golf Digest
Lectured on peak performance at Fortune 500 corporations including Hyatt, Schering Plough and Paine Webber
Former Professor, Fairliegh Dickinson University
PhD, University of Michigan, 1978
BA, cum laude, Psychology and English, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1973