Last updated on: 12/31/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Brenda Marrero Biography

Title:
Founder of the Efrain Anthony Marrero Foundation
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“So, we are at a defining moment in sports history -- your findings and recommendations to Commissioner Selig and America concerning steroid abuse by [Barry] Bonds and others will shape how the sports world treats athletic achievements gained through unfair use of performance enhancing methods. Now is the time to take a stand – are we going to condemn cheating or celebrate it? Rest assured our young athletes will get the message either way…

If your investigation discovers Barry Bonds, or any other player, has abused steroids during their career we would expect meaningful consequences to follow. Specifically, any and all records achieved by offending athletes should be voided, and the players should be stripped of all awards such as ‘Gold Glove Awards,’ ‘Cy Young Awards,’ ‘Most Valuable Player,’ etc. Additionally the offending players should be permanently banned from ‘Hall of Fame’ consideration. Players found to have achieved success through use of steroids should be ostracized, serving as clear examples to young athletes that cheaters are not worthy of recognition, respect and admiration.”

Letter to US Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA), www.oversight.house.gov, Jan. 8, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder, Efrain Anthony Marrero Foundation (also known as the Fight Against Steroids Together (TEAM FAST) Foundation, 2005-present
  • Attended the hearing on “The Mitchell Report: The Illegal Use of Steroids in Major League Baseball, Day 2” before the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Feb. 13, 2008
  • Interviewed by reporter Elyce Kirchner for the segment “Steroid Warning: One Family’s Struggle” on CBS News 13, Dec. 13, 2007
  • Appeared on CNN’s Paula Zahn Now, Mar. 17, 2005
  • Attended the hearing on “Restoring Faith in America’s Pastime: Evaluating Major League Baseball’s Efforts to Eradicate Steroid Use” before the US House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform, Mar. 17, 2005
  • Lost her oldest son Efrain Marrero to steroid abuse, Sep. 26, 2004
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • Wife of Frank Marrero
  • Efrain Marrero played offensive lineman at Vacaville High School, CA, and joined a football team at the College of the Siskiyous
  • Efrain Marrero was 19 years old when he took his own life three weeks after quitting steroids
Quoted in:
  1. Do Teens Use Performance Enhancing Drugs to Emulate Their Professional Athlete Role Models?