Drug Policies Essay

1342 words - 5 pages

Christopher Michael Benoit was a Canadian Professional Wrestler, who was known as one of the most successful, popular, and gifted wrestlers in history. He had won thirty two wrestling champions during his life including a 2004 Royal Rumble match. However, in 2007, Christopher Benoit had murdered his wife and child, due to many peculiar reasons one of which was the usage of drugs such as steroids during his adulthood life. According, to Dr. John Lombardo (who is the Medical Director of the Max Sports Medicine, Clinical Professor, and adviser on steroid issue to both NCAA and the Olympic Committee) steroid use has been linked to a number of physiological and psychological problems, especially, if one uses the drug over long period of time. The usage of Steroids might get athletes excited when they look at benefits that it brings into their body system; such as improving ones training capabilities, getting stronger and gaining weight over short period of time. Consequently, those athletes that overlook the harms that this drug brings in there body system, and how it changes the functionality of the brain gets results like Christopher Benoit did over the long run. Therefore, in my opinion steroids should always be outlawed and the law should enforce more control to prevent athletes from taking it illegally within the professional sports league.
NFL (National Football League) is one of the most entertaining sports league in the world, yet, I don’t agree with some of their policies based on steroids. Even though the 2010 NFL Steroid Policy is tougher than the 1987, but the change is only based on the frequency of times a player to be tested yearly. In order to make the league safer for the players off or on the field; a stronger action must be taken towards the suspension and related discipline side of the policy. Currently, under that side of the Policy for second time violators, the discipline or consequences’ in NFL would be as stated: “if a player violates the Policy for the second time, he would be suspended without pay for a minimum of eight regular and/or postseason games.” Since this new policy have been past; the usage of the drug has been declining, but according to NFL drug testing center “there has been 111 cases of steroids reported since 2009”, but only 54 of those players have faced consequences. In order to prevent more athletes from taking the drug, the league must present a stricter policy on some parts of it. In my understanding, a player who violates the steroid policy for second time should get suspended for a minimum of 12 regular and/or postseason games without any participation to the training camps and pay. Also, if the policy is violated for the third time, then the athlete should be suspended for a period of a least 2 whole seasons without pay.
Another sports league which has major issues with athletes taking steroids is MLB (Major League Baseball). I think the MLB commissioner should enforce a better steroids policy...

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