Former Investigative Reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"Athletes have a huge incentive to dope. There are tremendous benefits to using the drugs, and there is only a small chance that you will get caught. So depending on your sport and where you are in your career, the risk is often worth it. If you make the team, you'll be a millionaire; if you don't, you'll probably go back to driving a delivery truck."
"Gaming Baseball: Why Players Dope," by Michael Shermer, Scientific American, Mar. 16, 2006
Cowritten with Mark Fainaru-Wada, Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal That Rocked Professional Sports, 2006
Cowritten with Mark Fainaru-Wada, "What Bonds Told BALCO Grand Jury," San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 3, 2004
Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada were issued subpoenas in 2006 to reveal the sources for the information about sealed grand jury testimonies they reported on in the San Francisco Chronicle and their book. They were sentenced to 18 months in prison for refusing to reveal their sources, and they were in the process of appealing the sentence when the goverment dropped the subpoenas in February 2007.