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Doug Farrar
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Doug Farrar

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Should We Be Surprised?

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At this point, positive tests really don't affect my perception of sports at all - I had assumed for years that almost everyone in baseball was juicing to a greater or lesser degree, and I balanced the health and competitive concerns (negative) with the fact that the whole thing has made Bud Selig look like a giant idiot (overwhelmingly positive). And in football, I have to assume that there are things we simply don't know about a pretty large number of people.

What it has affected is my opinion of the offices of the Commissioners and Player's Associations. If the people in charge of these sports are more concerned with the financial and competitive ramifications of performance-enhancing drugs - and if there are indeed people like Gene Orza, who have reportedly tipped players off to upcoming tests ... that's where I have a fundamental ethical problem. If the leagues don't care until they're forced to, and the unions only care to whatever degree they're seen as advocated for the players, and the players are just trying to stay in step with all the juiced teammates and opponents ... well, are we dealing with something that can even be solved? And does anyone really want it to be?

By Doug Farrar  |  May 7, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  | Category:  Steroids Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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