Last updated on: 7/30/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Amy Shipley Biography

Title:
Investigative reporter for the Sun Sentinel
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Steroids can completely and thoroughly change a game and change a player’s place in the game…

Home run records become meaningless if some are steroid-aided. Same with world records in the 100 meters in track and field–which has, by the way, exactly the same problem as baseball in terms of the issue of ‘taint.’ What’s the point of having world records in the 100 if steroids are used to cut a tenth or a hundredth of a second here or there?…

I have a simple answer to athletes improving their performance by using steroids or other drugs. Rules are rules. Games have rules. You don’t get two feet in bounds, you don’t get the completion in the NFL. You put vaseline under the bill of your cap, you get thrown out of the game. Athletes sign on to play games that ban drugs (and, incidentally, amply reward them financially). Therefore, they should not use these drugs. If they want to use these drugs, then they should take up another sport that permits it, or move to another country in which the drugs are legal.”

“Congressional Hearings About Steroid Use in Baseball,” Washington Post online chat with readers, Jan. 16, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Investigative reporter, Sun Sentinel, Sep. 2012-Present
  • Sports writer, Washington Post, Feb. 1997-Aug. 2012
  • Sports writer, Miami Herald, July 1991-Feb. 1997
  • Lead reporter, reachforthewall.com, Washington Post swimming website
Education:
  • BA, Engineering, Princeton University, 1991
Other:
  • Broke the story on Aug. 25, 2006 that track star Marion Jones was ready to file her guilty plea and admit to using steroids.