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Is the NFL doing enough to curb PED use?

Is the NFL doing enough to curb the use of banned substances through its drug testing and suspension policy?

By Reader Poll | May 28, 2010; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Level the playing field

The NFL could and should do more to enforce its banned substance policy, starting with making first-time offenders sit out a full season without pay.

By Leonard Shapiro | May 28, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Disorganized deterrent

With the NFL's current haphazard drug policy it appears the league will only take action against a player who test positive for a banned substance if it absolutely must. There's got to be a better way.

By Doug Farrar | May 28, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Time to reel in HGH

The NFL's drug testing system, for the most part, is effective in discouraging its players from using performance enhancing drugs, but it may be time for the league to regulate human growth hormone use as well.

By Dr. Mark Adickes | May 28, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

All about perspective

Like the tragic results that often result from legal drug use, the NFL's banned substance testing and suspension policy does enough to curb the use of performance enhancing drugs in the league.

By Dave Goldberg | May 28, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Straightforward and sufficient

The NFL's performance enhancing drug policy is a sufficient enough deterrent and those who seek to beat the system are outliers, not the norm.

By Tim McHale | May 28, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFL players face unhealthy system when it comes to treating injuries

While NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is considering whether to suspend players for seeking cures from the syringe-wielding physician Anthony Galea, he should ask why so many of them distrust their team physicians and seek alternative ways to heal. Medical care in the league is not a simple issue. Anyone who says otherwise should read up on O.J. McDuffie's case.

By Sally Jenkins | May 22, 2010; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

AP mulligan fails

By its actions today, the AP has moved from simple carelessness to gross negligence.

By Emil Steiner | May 12, 2010; 03:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dear AP: Don't look back

Associated Press should stick with the votes they made at the end of the season, just as they do when voting for awards across professional sports.

By Brandon Benson | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Policy holes lead to undeserving winners

Holes in NFL banned substance testing policy allowed Brian Cushing and others to continue playing long after a positive test.

By Doug Farrar | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Suspension is sufficient

Brian Cushing's league-issued four-game suspension is punishment enough for his used of a banned substance. The Associated Press should not feel compelled to pile on by stripping him of his well-deserved Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

By Tim McHale | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The pressure to perform

Brian Cushing is far from the first defensive rookie whose desire to be a star his first year led him to take performance enhancing drugs. Now he's suffering the consequences.

By Anthony Stalter | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

It's in the position

The AP is right to revote on the 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year award, but a trend of banned substance use among elite pass rushers might be a sign that certain position players are more likely to experiment with steroids.

By Joe Baker | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Should AP strip Cushing?

Should the Associated Press strip Houston Texans' linebacker Brian Cushing off his 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year award for testing positive for a banned substance?

By Reader Poll | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PEDs Don't an All-Pro Make

Steroids can't take you from a special teams contributor to a Pro Bowl linebacker. Getting bigger, faster and stronger won't make you catch or tackle better or throw a perfect spiral.

By Roman Oben | July 31, 2009; 02:53 PM ET | Comments (8)

Hall of Fame, Not of Virtue

If YouTube existed during his day, do you think Ty Cobb would be in Cooperstown?

By Jason Maloni | July 31, 2009; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (2)

Sainthood Not Required

Sainthood isn't a criterion for enshrinement into Canton, nor should it be for any sports hall of fame.

By Gene Wang | July 31, 2009; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Cheaters HOF

Instead of debating Merriman or A-Rod, I suggest a forced segregation to a new Hall just for juicers.

By Chris Richardson | July 31, 2009; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (6)

PEDs Don't Taint NFL

Baseball is a game of numbers, football is a game of dominance, sacrifice and dedication to the team.

By Les Carpenter | July 31, 2009; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

Put the Facts on the Plaque

If you are a millionaire NFL player who tested positive for steroids when you knew you were going to be tested, you actually tested positive for "stupid."

By Brian Tarcy | July 31, 2009; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Perception is Reality

While baseball players who cheat with PEDs are seen as interlopers, football's transgressors are seen as victims of their culture.

By Doug Farrar | July 31, 2009; 08:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Drugs Are Drugs

A high-profile drug bust doesn't have the same PR ramifications on the gridiron as it has on the diamond

By Dan Levy | July 31, 2009; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (3)

Should a Positive PED Test Preclude Hall of Fame Entry?

Readers decide whether failing drug tests should affect an NFL players eligibility for Canton induction.

By Reader Poll | July 31, 2009; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Let 'em in!

In the NFL, there's none of the stigma attached to steroids.

By Dave Sheinin | July 31, 2009; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

The StarCaps Problem

To hold players accountable to standards that are not clear and require judicial interpretation seems unfair.

By Mackie Shilstone | July 31, 2009; 07:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is This It For Favre?

Brett Favre's "last stand" and Manny Ramirez issues with performance-enhancing drugs.

By Kornheiser & Wilbon | May 8, 2009; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Little Reason to Believe

Another neat redemption narrative has been ruined by chemical analysis: Manny Ramírez tested positive for a banned substance.

By Sally Jenkins | May 8, 2009; 02:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

MLB Steps Up

Of course, if this were a linebacker in San Diego in the NFL, he'd just get a four-game suspension, make the Pro Bowl and everybody would shrug.

By Tom Boswell | May 7, 2009; 05:55 PM ET | Comments (4)

If a tree falls...

Shock and disgust has devolved into "so what?" and "who's next?"

By Jim McCormick | May 7, 2009; 02:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should We Be Surprised?

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.

By Doug Farrar | May 7, 2009; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Produce and It's Forgiven

These days, it seems fans are much more forgiving of a player embroiled in the steroids mess so long as he performs at a high level.

By Gene Wang | May 7, 2009; 01:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Doesn't Deserve a Second Chance

There has to be something so vile in the character of someone who would support such an operation that we have wonder if it is worth having that person involved in the sport we love.

By Doug Farrar | March 4, 2009; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (6)

Vick's a Tougher Sell

NFL fans want to win. But I'm not sure how many NFL fans want their team to be the one that pays Vick a king's ransom to lineup under center.

By Dan Levy | March 4, 2009; 09:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Risky Bonds Investment

Let's see, admitted dog-abuser and convicted felon or alleged steroid cheat and ultimate baseball fraud?

By Zach Leibowitz | March 4, 2009; 07:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick, Clearly?

Vick's younger -- his transgressions hurt dogs, not his sport.

By Peter Schaffer | March 4, 2009; 03:32 AM ET | Comments (9)

Drugs Were Baseball's Lifeboat

Drugs had the power to do for baseball what nothing else could: make it exciting again.

By Sean McCann | February 10, 2009; 02:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 9th Winner: DELOH

Was Bonds a jerk toward the media? Sure, but never underestimate the power of the pen, especially when the pen is used while grinding axes.

By TOP COMMENTER | February 9, 2009; 11:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Baseball Is History and History Is Passé

Baseball, like our current economy, has been run as an institution that thought itself impervious to decay and decline.

By Jim McCormick | February 9, 2009; 02:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

NFL or WWF?

The NFL long ago passed the threshold of plausibility, to where it now requires a healthy suspension of belief to enjoy it.

By Dave Sheinin | February 9, 2009; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (4)

MLB Records Sacred

Two reasons, baseball records are sacred and steroids helps less in football.

By Barry Svrluga | February 9, 2009; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (5)

NFL Made an Effort

The NFL had a testing program and discipline years ago. Baseball didn't. That's the difference.

By Mark Maske | February 9, 2009; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

Baseball or Circus?

At best, Bud Selig's reaction to the issue of performance enhancing drugs was slow and simple, at worst it was fraudulent.

By Emil Steiner | February 9, 2009; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (2)

American Gladiators v American History

Baseball is American history. And history never forgets a cheater.

By Dan Levy | February 9, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Football is Visceral, Baseball is Pastoral

The ground rules are different. They shouldn't be, but they are.

By Doug Farrar | February 9, 2009; 08:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's All About Expectations

Because they risk so much, football players get much more leeway when it comes to testing positive for banned substances.

By Gene Wang | February 9, 2009; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Base Bawl

When are forced to admit that baseball is not the idyllic game we've long thought it to be, we lose a piece of our own innocence.

By Zach Leibowitz | February 9, 2009; 07:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Clear-Cut Answer

The NFL steroid case now playing out in multiple courtrooms has compelling arguments on both sides.

By Mark Maske | December 4, 2008; 02:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Goodell Blew It Again

Roger Goodell's NFL has been marked by uneven discipline and shifting standards

By Doug Farrar | December 4, 2008; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (5)

The Delay Game

Like clockwork, when ever there is a suspension, the players and league take their comical dance.

By Gene Wang | December 4, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

Protect Your Temple

The simple answer to this question is a loud and resounding "YES"!

By Dr. A. Brion Gardner | December 4, 2008; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

'Wall' Must Block Better

Even if this had nothing to do with steroids, league rules are league rules and players need to remain vigilant.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 4, 2008; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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