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Shaun Assael Biography

Senior writer for ESPN the Magazine
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"

“I think there should at least be a discussion about whether steroids, in some form, should be legalized in sports. I don’t say that we should do it, but I think the discussion would be worthwhile. Look: When steroids were criminalized in 1990, the AMA [the American Medical Association] sent a representative to testify before the Senate who said that steroids can be healthfully used, under a doctor’s supervision and in low doses. And, I think it’s possible to suggest that athletes, over a long season, might use low doses in a healthful manner, under a doctor’s supervision. But in this era of hysteria that we’re in, I’m not sure we can get to that conversation.”

Interview with Sports Letter,, Dec. 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior writer, ESPN the Magazine, 2004-present
  • Contributing writer, Esquire, New York Times
  • Contributor, The Daily Beast website
  • Former New York City criminal justice reporter
  • BA, New York University (NYU), 1983
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