Athletes and Steroid Use

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In recent history American culture has become more and more dominated by sports. Out of all of these sports baseball is considered to be America's pastime. Over the last couple years America's pastime has come under scrutiny about some of its players using anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said, ¡§... hopefully we can figure out ways to solve this problem. It needs to be solved. There is no one I¡¦ve talked to who can say it is not a problem. Now the question is, What can we do about it?¡¨ (41). The commissioner is absolutely correct in saying that the steroids issue is a problem. Without a doubt the steroid issue is bringing the integrity of the game into question. This steroid problem reaches farther than one might think. ¡§This issue was drawing so much interest President Bush mentioned it in last year¡¦s State of the Union address¡¨ (Random and off season). If the President of the United States feels that this is a big enough problem to mention in his State of the Union address, then this problem effects all Americans. Another way it effects all Americans is that US tax dollars are being used by the federal government to investigate the players who have been accused of using anabolic steroids. Finally, the steroid problem effects anyone who is a sports fan because these are the sports stars of our generation. If all of their accomplishments are negated by steroids, then we will have no one to represent our generation. I have been watching sports, including baseball, for almost my entire eighteen years of living. When I was little I played baseball and wanted to grow up and be just like the players I saw on the television. I also collected hundreds of baseball cards all through my childhood. Through all of this I have become very knowledgeable on the game of baseball. To see steroids challenge the integrity of the game deeply concerns me. The reaction of many people is to find all of the people who have used steroids and ban them from the game and the record books. These players are cheaters and do not deserve to hold records, be hall of famers, or even continue playing the game. By allowing these players to go unpunished, society is setting a bad example for the youth of America who admire these sports icons. Accomp... ... middle of paper ... ... these suspected cheaters from the game, baseball can save its integrity while punishing wrongdoers. By just asterisking the accomplishments of steriod users everyone benefits. Baseball players of this generation and of older generations will still be recognized for what they have accomplished on the field. Players today won¡¦t have their accomplishments erased. Players of past generations will still see that their accomplishments have no asterisk placed next to them. Fans will be able to trust the statistics they see without having almost our entire generation of players erased from the history books. Finally, the youth of America will learn that cheating is wrong. Works Cited ¡§Bonds blasts media for continued steroid questions.¡¨ CNN 22 Feb. 2005: n. pag. 22 Feb. 2005 . Path: MLB; Bonds Blasts Media. ¡§Random and offseason testing instituted.¡¨ ESPN 13 Jan. 2005: n. pag. 20 Feb. 2005 . Path: MLB; Steroids. Reilly, Rick ¡§No Doubt About It.¡¨ Sports Illustrated 13 Dec. 2004: 118 Verducci, Tom ¡§Is Baseball in the Asterisk Era?¡¨ Sports Illustrated 15 March 2004: 36-39 Verducci, Tom ¡§So What Can You Do, Bud?¡¨ Sports Illustrated 15 March 2004: 40-43
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