WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Recently there has been a lot said about baseball players being suspended for using banned substances. In particular allegations of Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees and Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball teams. Rodriguez has been accused of using performance enhancing drugs, and Braun has already been suspended from playing for the rest of the season. According to major news sources, in addition, about 20 some players may be suspended in the coming weeks.
In my opinion the players that have used or are using performance enhancing drugs should be charged with fraud! Plain and simple, they have used banned substances to enhance their performance to command multi million dollar contracts with major league baseball teams. To me that is out right fraud against not only the baseball teams, but also the fans who actually pay the freight for these extravagantly paid athletes.
I would think, at the very least, these teams should be able to void those contracts, and receive restitution for the money the players fraudulently received. Perhaps the teams then could repay their fans with reduced ticket prices or free hot dogs.
It is really a shame what this is doing to sports in general — I for one simply do not have the passion for professional sports that I once had. Unfortunately this false sports superiority is trickling down to college athletes, and in some cases high school athletes. I hope it doesn’t come to testing of high school athletes. I do think it is time to start testing of college athletes, because the purity of athletic competence is having a doleful affect on athletics overall. This is really sad because many young athletes dream of some day becoming a star player in college and perhaps a major league career.
How many players that make it to the majors, using their God given talent and ability, are being overshadowed by some guy that bulks up and becomes stronger, using performance enhancing substances. As this becomes a bigger problem are younger athletes going to turn to this, because they realize that is what it takes to get the big contracts.
What do they do with all of the accomplishments and records set by these players. I think they should be stripped of these honors because they were gained with less than honorable means.
Sometimes I tend to take an abstract look at things like this, and I sometimes wonder why it seems I am the only one looking at it with a different perspective. Of course my sometimes skewed views of things, drives my Best Friend crazy, but I think on this one she agrees with me.
It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out in the end. I hope in the end it has a positive affect on sports in general, so that our young athletes can participate in sports and keep their dreams alive.
Have a great week and do good!
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