Austin KossoudjiEnglish Comp 1001Alyssa CharierOctober 16th, 2016Steroids Eating Up Professional SportsSports have always held a special place in my heart. I love playing, watching, judging and being entertained by sports in general. My passion runs deep with it. I grew up playing soccer and baseball when I was 5. I then took up basketball and football once I started kindergarten. I was a two sport athlete in high school. I watch sports all day, every day. I only watch either ESPN or channels that have games on them. I love watching professional sports. My favorite athlete growing up was Ken Griffey Jr. in baseball and Deion Sanders in football. Both of these men showed hard worked and determination day in and day out on their respected fields. Less and less athletes now-a-days are showing hard work and instead are using supplements to take advantages of their opponents. Steroids are effecting professional sports majorly. I feel that these steroids and Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) do not belong in sports and should be banned, in entirety, from all of them across the board. Some sports have started to implement some prohibitions of these drugs, but not all sports or all drugs have been banned yet. There should not be any second chances or forgiveness but, instead there should be aban from the sport for life. I believe it is the ultimate sin to cheat in professional sports and steroids are at the top of cheating.Steroids are taking over professional sports in America. They have invaded all sports from baseball to cycling and everything in between. Tony La Russa said it best in an article with Kossoudji 1
USA Today written in 2002, "If you want privacy go play semi-pro ball. drug use hurts baseball. Why should we pay millions of dollars to these guys and have them go and tarnish our sport and its reputation?". Tony La Russa is the head baseball coach of the St. Louis Cardinals and his opinion is well respected around the league. He is just expressing how stupid it is to use these drugs and take advantage of the sport that is paying them millions of dollars. I think Tony was spot on with what he said about since now that they are professionals, they are under the microscope of everyone in America. They are watched 24/7. They have to be good role models for kids growing up in our country. Athletes need to show children that the only way to reach your goals in life is to work hard, not cheat your way to the top. Young athletes in high school see their favorite players setting records and winning all the games and they think that the only way to get there is to cheat. That is not how it should be. The professionals need to show these young players that they need to set goals and strive to reach the goals without using PEDs or drugs to help them get there. I believe that athletes today are becoming more and more self-oriented and are not thinking about setting example for the youth but, instead thinking about howmany championships they can win or how many records they can break. My point is that all
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