Many retired professional football players walk with a limp. Many former high school and college athletes willingly sacrificed future orthopedic health with the intense effort required for athletic glory. Old aches are now arthritis or artificial steel parts. However, even if we knew then what we know now, we would have competed even more intensely for the competitive glory of the game.
Steroids? If available, we’d have used them too, paying a higher price today. That’s the point: With or without chemical performance-enhancement, athletes willingly pay a price.
Should our government involve itself? Yes, simply legalize it all. Keeping it illegal is dumber than Prohibition. That didn’t work, and this isn’t working. Alcohol and tobacco are at least as harmful as athletic performance-enhancers. So stop wasting taxpayers’ money with your jock-sniffing, publicity-seeking hearings with these heroic athletic morons. Today the threat from people wanting to destroy America is proliferating, while our jobs, pensions, and 401(k)s are diminishing.
So forget A-Rod and protect us from jihad. Ignore Barry Bonds and restore my stocks and bonds.