Resource Development Director at Boys and Girls Club of Evansville
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"What is disturbing about Major League Baseball's and George Mitchell's approach to the steroid issue is their claim that baseball needs to be 'cleaned up' for the sake of children. While I certainly agree that our children deserve to have professional athlete role models who follow the rules and are responsible citizens, there is a very serious missing link in this argument. What about the parents of the kids who are taking steroids? What would do more good for our children, our schools and our neighborhoods is to clean up the behavior of parents...
If Major League Baseball and other professional sports are serious about addressing the steroid issue for the sake of children, as they have professed, they must be willing to address the behavior and involvement of overzealous parents. If a child is found to have illegally used steroids to enhance his athletic ability, the parents of that child should be held responsible. Why is this viewed differently from parents who provide alcohol or illicit drugs to their kids?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the following statistics:
• Nearly 5 percent of all high school students surveyed in 2005 reported lifetime use of steroid pills/shots without a doctor's prescription...
These are all alarming statistics that suggest something in America is not working when it comes to raising children. Parents need to take genuine responsibility for the welfare of their children. As a country, we need to collectively get our heads out of the sand and start addressing real issues as opposed to applying more Band-Aids.
The actions and behavior of athletes such as Clemens and Bonds amplify the fact that professional sports have become nothing more than entertainment. We should all hope our children have smarter and wiser advisers guiding their lives and careers than those who are advising Clemens and Bonds."
"Focus on Parents, Not Clemens and Bonds," Evansville Courier & Press, Mar. 14, 2008