Ethical Dilemma - Sports and Steroids

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Has society become more interested in whether the pitcher on the mound has taken something a little stronger than his vitamins before playing the game than the children that are suffering from lack of care or health benefits? The game of baseball, like any other high price sporting event, has recently been plagued with a form of legal but unacceptable drug habit. The leaders of our country have found it necessary to spend an overabundance of time and effort to correct this type of physical enhancement process. The practice of using steroids has been cited as far back as 1995. All of the major sports leagues and the Olympic committees have had policies of drug testing for over two decades and yet there still are some inconsistencies that Congress wants to address. They claim that it is about public policy towards drugs in sports and say “that millions of Americans care deeply about sports. If fans are upset about this issue, it’s a legitimate use of Congress and not a waste of time.” Tell that to Ed Champ of Manorville, N.Y., whose son Ryan, 8, has been prescribed HGH for the last 5 ½ years. In reference to the recent bill designed to combat use of human growth hormone by athletes and celebrities, Mr. Champ said, “They have made our lives harder, whether the bill passes or not. For the last three months, our family and hundreds of other families worried about this bill, all because of a few select people.”

What about the countless number of children who have been abused or died from ailing child welfare programs while the Congressman try to figure out who is lying about taking steroids? These children will never be disenchanted from the game. Is our social life more important than the basic necessities of life?

The policing of drug use in sports should be the job of the athletic associations and not the congressional leaders of our country. Furthermore, those people who have the responsibility of...
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