Alex Rodriguez, one of major league baseball’s biggest stars tarnished his image of sportsmanship when he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 through 2003. This admission comes at a time when another Baseball hero, Barry Bonds is accused of lying to a grand jury in 2003 when he said he unwittingly took performance-enhancing substances provided by trainer Greg Anderson. Bond’s perjury trial has been delayed but Bond’s career is in ruins and his record smashing season and life achievements are now in question. So why do we care? After-all it is only a game. The problem is that Baseball is the national game, beloved by many and the players are role models for the youth of today. Society cares because steroid use is a form of cheating. Since steroids work so well, they create an unfair advantage for those who take them. What happened to fair play? A level playing field where everyone had an equal chance of success.
Steroid use is also part of this whole youthful delusion that says: “If I just do this for a period of my life I’ll be fine. I’ll smoke until I’m older; I’ll only binge drink in college; I’ll be anorexic or bulimic so I can run, and then I’ll stop being that way and I’ll go on with the rest of my life.” The reality is that the choices you make now impact your whole life. Make healthy life choices and live a wonderful life!
Another fallen hero is Michael Phelps, the man who won a record-breaking 8 Gold Medals at the Beijing Olympics. He has been banned for 3 months from competing after a picture was leaked to the press showing him smoking Marijuana at a party. In addition to the ban, his training grant will be withheld for the period of suspension. Phelp’s has also lost one of his major sponsorship deals with cereal giants Kellogs. The company said that “Michael’s most recent behavior is not consistent with the image of Kellog.”
The star issued the following statement: “I was engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment… I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.”