Reporter and Chief Olympics correspondent for the New York Times
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"Baseball's entire existence is built on a glorified culture of cheating, from amphetamines to spitballs, from pine-tar bats to stealing signs. Five of the top 12 all-time home run leaders have been linked to performance-enhancing drugs in some form. Those who have been talking lately about the 'post-steroid era' are being naive or willfully ignorant. History has shown that attempts to gain an advantage will never end.
Yet again, we are reminded that performance-enhancing drugs are pervasive in elite sport. The question is, what do we do about it? So far, the most forceful attempts to punish drug users - done by track and field and cycling - have backfired miserably. Instead of being applauded for determinedly catching those who dope, these sports have nearly been ruined because they are viewed not as vigilant but as infested...
Baseball must ask itself whether it is better to continue harsh punitive measures - which have had unintended consequences in other sports - or to educate athletes about doping and let them proceed at their own informed risk."
"Drugs in Sports Creating Games of Illusion," New York Times, Nov. 18, 2003