16 Jul 2010
I thought this was a fantastic article (my only complaint would be that it could have been twice as long). This is clearly a massive problem for the league (and pretty much any other sport out there) and it is great to see a well informed and reasoned artice on the subject.
The NFL will never get a handle on this until they start issuing lifetime bans for trangressors. I don't really understand the union's position on this either. Refusing to attempt to make progress on this issue is absurd when there are massive health risks associated with PED use, not to mention the appalling spectre of possibly large numbers of players who lost their chances of NFL careers due to being unwilling to cheat. Or looking at it the other way you could argue that there will soon (ie within ten years or so) be hundreds of former NFL players requiring extra benefits as a result of sickness that might have been generaed by using PEDs (ie cheating). That is completely ignoring the possibility that some of the massive impacts that players are routinely subjected to are a result of steroid use making players bigger and faster.
In all a horrid and thoroughly intractable problem (but great article).
3 replies , Last at 24 Jul 2010, 5:47pm by Flounder