Steroid Use In Professional Sports

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Americans love sports. There is no other way to say it. Tennis, cycling, soccer, baseball, racing, basketball, golf, and football are a few of the top sports that Americans like to play and especially like to watch at a professional level. It is an exciting thing to witness one’s favorite pastimes being played by the best of the best in competition with each other. The down side of all of it is that often times, it is revealed that the athletes with the highest performance are also the same athletes that are using drugs like steroids to enhance their performance and abilities on the playing field, track, or court. The question then becomes who will make rules about drugs in sports like steroids? Who will punish the ones who break these rules?…show more content…
The United States Congress has made it clear that they feel it is their jobs to control and regulate this section of professional sports. Congress feels that they are responsible for setting the rules of steroid use in professional sports, and it is the job of teams, managers, owners, and coaches with their staff to make sure to enforce the laws that Congress sets into place to keep drugs like steroids out of locker rooms in professional sports of all kinds. Congress has held a number of Congressional hearings and investigations to uncover just how many professional athletes are involved in this practice of using steroids and also have held many hearings on those team coaches and players that have been accused of using these drugs on a regular basis or that have just broken down and admitted to using them outright on a regular basis. Since Congress already has the responsibility to make laws about steroid use and possession of steroids, then it is only logical that their next step should be to regulate this use in the professional sports directly. Representatives, Senators, former NFL players, former MLB players, consultants, and sports analysts have all testified in front of Congress to say they are in favor of the government regulating drug use among the ones who play sport at a professional level in the…show more content…
While he was still a senator, President Barack Obama was quoted on the Mike &Mike in the Morning show as saying, “I got to admit that seeing a lot of congressional hearings around steroid use is not probably the best use of congressional time . . .” and he goes on to say that the individuals teams and leagues should be the ones to keep steroid use in check, not congress or the government. In one of his inaugural addressed, President George Herbert Walker Bush also brought up the subject of steroid use in professional sports. Much like President Barack Obama, Bush stated that this was an issue because so many professional athletes are looked up to as role models by young children, but he asked for players, coaches, and team owners to take a firm stand against steroid use. He appealed for them to put in tougher standards and punishments to get rid of steroid abuse because the biggest change happens from inside the organizations not from outside government
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