Former Principal at Mountlake Terrace High School (Mountlake Terrace, WA)
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"One of the biggest challenges I faced as a coach was trying to effectively dissuade my athletes from using supplements and performance enhancing drugs. I have always been very open and honest with anyone who asks me about my use of steroids. I regularly shared with my athletes the effects that steroids had on me while I used them for two-and-a-half years during my career as a football player. My hope is that if I can relate to them on a personal level, they will be more likely to listen to me. Too often though, what they see is someone who used steroids and turned out fine. Instead of listening to me because I am being honest, they think that if nothing bad happened to me, then they will have the same experience. The problem is that there is too little information out there about the dangers of steroids. All adolescents hear is how much steroids will help them perform. We need to get the word out at every level and in every way that steroids are dangerous."
Testimony for the hearing "Steroid Use in Professional Baseball and Anti-Doping Issues in Amateur Sports" before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Foreign Commerce, and Tourism, June 18, 2002