Last updated on: 2/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

George Michael Biography

Title:
Creator and former host of Sports Machine on NBC
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“[I]n 2002…17 percent of total baseball payroll went to guys who were on the injured list with muscle tears, muscle strains, ruptured Achilles tendon, and on goes the list. [Dr. James Andrews] said that we have had a 200 percent increase in just the five years prior to 2002. Baseball owners paid $370 million to players who were not able to play. Most of them according to Dr. Andrews, were related to their use of anabolic steroids. And you now want to admit--legalize it, and govern it?…

I’m probably the only guy in the room who is friends with professional wrestlers, I started in 1980 with Bob Backlund…Guys that are just names to you like Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat, Nature Boy, Rick Flair, these are all friends of mine. I wanted to call and check with some of the wrestlers I used to know, how they’re doing today. How’d they recover after the use of steroids. I went to call them and you know what I found? Of the wrestlers who were professional stars, 40 were dead by the age of 40. 70 were dead by the age of 50. But there’s no clinical proof that they died of steroid abuse even though they all used steroids.

Here’s the bottom line. I am not willing to pay the price for legalizing steroids and performance-enhancing drugs, because I’ve seen too often what it can do. I don’t want to go to the cemetery and tell all the athletes who are dead there, hey guys, soon you’ll have a lot more of your friends coming, because we’re going to legalize this stuff. The only good news out of it? They wouldn’t hear the news. Because they’re all dead.”

“We Should Accept Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Competitive Sports,” Intelligence Squared US debate, Jan. 15, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Sportscaster for News4 at NBC4, Washington, DC, 1980-2006
  • Creator and former host of Sports Machine, (nationally syndicated by NBC from 1984-Mar. 25, 2007), 1980-Mar. 25, 2007
  • Creator and former Host, Redskins Report and Full Court Press
  • Former Sports Director and Weeknight Sports Anchor, WRC-TV
  • Appeared in Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs and Ron Shelton’s Tin Cup
  • Served as a contributing consultant and appeared as himself in 8 Seconds
  • Won more than 40 Emmy Awards
  • Former DJ, MusicRadio (now NewsTalkRadio) 77, WABC – AM
Education:
  • Earned a degree in Philosophy, Political Theory and Speech from St. Louis University
Other:
  • Born on Mar. 24, 1939
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports Be Legalized?