Jeffrey M. Stumpo
Module 3 Case Assignment
Business Ethics 301
February 21, 2011
The question of whether Alex Rodriguez should be banned from Major League Baseball is full of interesting facts and opinions. Steroid use is illegal in the United States. Steroids are a huge problem in professional sports. It is a very controversial topic of ethical debate. Is it right for professional sport players to use steroids ethically? Given that the ultimate goal of sports is promoting health and creating a positive public image, as well as creating a strict set of rules and principles, to which athletes are to adhere, those who use steroids should be banned from playing Major League Baseball. We will look at the utilitarian and deontological theory on steroid use.
Is using steroids in the greatest good for the greatest number of people? That would be a no. From a utilitarian point of view, steroid use would in fact hurt or anger many people in sports and society. In sports, the use of drugs which help the athlete build muscle mass or become stronger or faster have been banned by most sports authorities such as the National Baseball League. These drugs can do harm to the athlete and give an unfair advantage over other players. This is very unethical. Especially to fans and kids who see this and think it’s ok to use steroids. It makes them think they can be like A Rod or any athlete. Who is this good for? The fans? The kids? Nobody. It is mostly an act of egoism. Again, we are talking about a drug that makes athletes happy and the fans. The fans are happy that A Rod is playing well and hitting homeruns. They are not happy he’s using drugs. Everyone involved is mostly hurt.
These drugs can do much long term harm. They can affect your body very badly. They are unethical and offer no positive images. They do increase your strength. That makes ball players happy. It is a huge safety risk too.