Steriods - Brittany Smith Professor Halfhide(Dr Harrison...

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Brittany Smith Professor Halfhide (Dr. Harrison) August 6, 2008 The Mighty have Fallen Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. If I stayed up all night studying for a math test, would I be upset that my classmate did not study, but used a cheat sheet on the test and receive a better grade then me? My classmate resembles a person that uses steroids. Marion Jones is a world-renowned track star, but unfortunately her talent did not come from hard work on the field. She won three gold and two bronze medals in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Marion Jones was convicted in 2008 of taking performance- enhancing drugs during her years in track and field. She was faced with six months in prison for lying to the federal agents about her drug usage and a check fraud scam with Tim Montgomery, the father of her older son and former 100-meter world- record holder. Jones is a prime example of what can happen if athletes are caught using drugs during competition. Sporting leagues should do more to enforce penalties among athletes who do not see the injustice and consequences of taking steroids. Marion Jones, Olympic track star, was sentenced to six months in prison, two years on probation and community service as a result of her usage of steroids, and her medal was revoked from the 2000 Olympics. Marion Jones was perceived as an idol to aspiring athletes. Her choice of using performance- enhancing substances for track and field made her appearance as a track star seem fake and impossible to accomplish. Jones’s actions affected all who idolized her
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Smith 2 because she showed her admirers that her accomplishments were based on steroid usage. Some people think that she should keep her medals, when it is truly necessary to take the medals and give them to the runner-ups. The five medals she received were not earned, but stolen. She played the game unjustly, and now the consequences are just. Others think that her medals were taken away because she is a woman of color. Maybe that is the case, but she is also known throughout the world for her fame as an athlete that knows she is a role model. She should understand that as a role model her responsibility is to encourage others to do the right things. No. This incident of drug usage during competition needed to be addressed because others who play the game fairly are questioned if they should obtain these substances just so they may be recognized for their hard work. During the trial several comments were expressed on Marion Jones’s case. Judge
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