Last updated on: 8/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Shaun Assael Biography

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

“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, www.la84foundation.org, Dec. 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
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
Education:
  • BA, New York University (NYU), 1983
Other:
  • None found