Sports writer at Examiner.com who specializes in the New England Patriots
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"...I'm apparently on the fence when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs. Or at least, that's what procon.org says...
If there's one thing I'm not, it's a fence-sitter...
I'm opinionated. Overly so and to a fault.
Just ask my wife.
Keeping with that theme, let me make this 100% clear: performance-enhancing drugs should never be accepted in sports. They should absolutely be banned. Barry Bonds is a cheating scumbag. Roger Clemens is one of the worst human beings on the planet.
I am 100% against PEDs.
That said, I'm still uncomfortable with the testing procedures.
When a Jason Giambi can take HGH for years and never fail a test, there's something wrong (but hey, he's really sorry ... for something).
When some fringe minor leaguer has his career ruined because he doesn't have the money to get the good stuff and fails a test, while the high draft picks get the BALCO premium junk that can't be detected, there's a problem...
I want steroids, HGH, and any other performance-enhancing drug banned from all sports. Just as soon as we have a test that catches them reliably and a fair testing program that catches the Barry Bonds of the world just as easily as it catches the Sergio Mitres of the world."
"Taking a Stand on Performance-Enhancing Drugs," sportscentral.com, Feb. 5, 2009
[Editor's Note: Prior to the above Feb. 5, 2009 Con position statement, Sean Crowe was listed as Not Clearly Pro or Con based on the statement below.]
"I want PEDs [performance enhancing drugs] out of baseball, football, hockey, basketball, bowling, golf, NASCAR... I even want it out of gymnastics, swimming, and curling.
The realistic part of me knows that the scientists who are making the PEDs will always be a step ahead of the scientists who are testing them...
Given that, is it really fair to tarnish Barry Bonds for doing something we're pretty sure a large percentage of the pitchers he was facing was also doing?
I understand that there are tests that detect most types of steroids. It's a no-brainer to include all of these types of PEDs on banned substance lists and to punish those who test positive for them. You can be relatively certain (as long as you're testing often enough) that only the players who test positive are using them, so it's perfectly fair to punish those who are caught. But what about the PEDs you can't test for?
So, to sum this up: PEDs are cheating, players who use are scum and should be treated as such, but PEDs shouldn't be banned if we can't test for them."
"PEDs in Sports: Why Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens Should Be in the Hall of Fame," bostonsportsrants.blogspot.com, July 1, 2008