May 12, 2011
Pros and Cons of Steroids in Sports
Performing enhancement drugs has become a nation-wide debate for many sports journalists, reporters, and politicians. This ongoing debate has lasted for twenty years now and there are still many opinions to be assessed. Some experts may argue that steroids have a positive impact in sports and others disagree, but in reality they are both right. Steroids can make the game more exciting with athletes being able to perform at their full potential but it also gives them an unfair advantage to those who choose not to take this drug due to many health risk associated with steroids. Nonetheless, steroids bring both beneficial and destructive aspects to sports and can be argued and supported in many ways.
Steroids have been regarded as a negative issue ever since the cases of Ben Johnson and Marion Jones, the two most infamous track and field starts who have been accused for using steroids and baseball’s Mitchell report. Steroids are a form of way for athletes to improve their performance and help them recover from injuries faster. As professor Julian Savulesca of the practical ethics at the University of Oxford said, “To say that we should reduce drugs in sport or eliminate them because they increase performance, is simply like saying that we should eliminate alcohol from parties because it increases sociability…As we've argued, performance enhancing is not against the spirit of sport, it's been a part of sport through its whole history, and to be human is to be better, or at least to try to be better.” Players take steroids to improve their strength, durability, and in general their overall performance. One player who benefited the most from performing enhancement drugs was Jose Canseco. As Jose Canseco said during an interview with 60 Minutes, “But for certain individuals, I truly believe, because I’ve experimented with it for so many years, that it can make an average athlete a super athlete. It can make a super athlete incredible. Just legendary.” While on steroids, he was one of the most popular and beloved baseball players because he produced superhuman stats. If it wasn’t his uncanny ability to hit 500 ft home runs, then it was his ability to throw someone out at home to save the game. Jose Canseco would not have been the same baseball player he was without the use of steroids. As Mike Wallace ask Jose Canseco during an interview for 60 Minutes,
"You say this, 'I would never have been a Major League-caliber player without steroids.' Right," asks Wallace…
"Well, it's a true statement. No ifs and buts about it," says Canseco (60 Minutes). Steroids have fueled Jose Canseco astonishing career as he hit monster shots and produced 42 home runs and 40 stolen bases in 1988, which led him to win the MVP award. This was an accomplishment that Major League Baseball has never seen before. When Canseco was ask if all his career accomplishment should be attributed to steroids he said, “Maybe not accomplish the things I did, the freakish things I did, being 6'4", 250, running 4-340's, the 40-40. Hitting 600-foot home runs. Who knows, a lot of it is psychological. I mean, you really believe you have an edge. You feel the strength and the stamina," says Canseco. Sports would be that much more entertaining and exciting because it would be world-class athletes competing against each other. People would start to go to the ballparks because they want to see these astonishing athletes showcasing their skills in the sports that we love today, especially Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds. The All Star Home Run Derby between these abnormally large athletes was absolutely astonishing. As Adam Rosen, journalist for the Bleacher Report said, “Veteran Stadium was the sight of arguably the greatest Home Run Derby of all-time. It featured Barry Bonds versus Mark McGwire. On this night, it didn't matter who was on steroids, or who was...