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Legalize Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Pro Sports

C. Stiles

Miami native Alex Rodriguez is getting a raw deal from Major League Baseball. Since Miami New Times broke the mind-blowing story of Biogenesis, a now-defunct anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables that supplied human growth hormone, testosterone, and anabolic steroids to Rodriguez and scores of other players, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and his minions want to make examples of them.

Two weeks ago, Selig slapped Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun, a former Miami Hurricane, with a 65-game suspension. This week, Selig suspended A-Rod for the rest of this season and the entire 2014 season. Twelve other players got 50-game bans. To nail the players, MLB cut a sweetheart deal with Biogenesis owner Tony Bosch to rat them out. This just proves the crackdown is a pointless exercise in hypocrisy. Who goes after the drug dealer to get to his buyers? It's usually the other way around.

Rodriguez and the players targeted by MLB are being tried in a kangaroo court. They are being presumed guilty because of the embarrassing media coverage.

I really don't see the crime here. Everybody going after A-Rod for using PEDs is a hypocrite. In every major sport, there are numerous PED pushers like Bosch making sure celebrity athletes continue to perform at a high level to justify their multimillion-dollar contracts. It's not about chasing records or making sure they get into the Hall of Fame. These players are under enormous pressure to keep earning their extravagant paychecks. Teams and league officials punish players only when it hits the media, but they know PEDs help protect their investment.

Using PEDs is no different from a Miami Heat team doctor sticking a cortisone shot into Dwyane Wade's knee before the fourth quarter so he can get back on the court. Isn't that the very definition of a PED? What about players who are taking over-the-counter supplements and pills to lose weight?

We're living in a time when everyone is concerned with prolonging their youth and enhancing their bodies. These athletes are being told they can't use substances that you and I can use legally for our health. By banning some PEDs in professional sports, officials are just creating a black market where pushers like Bosch can make millions of dollars.

Follow Luke on Twitter: @unclelukereal1.


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