Essay on The Double Life of Athletes Using Steroids

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The Double Life of Athletes Using Steroids Some Athletes in society today are considered heroes despite their double lives. Their drug use and violence are brushed aside while leading their teams to victory. Who is your hero? If that question was asked to a group of people, some might think of loved ones or family, and some may talk about doctors, firemen, or even a teacher. However, most would probably say their hero was some celebrity or star athlete. While some celebrities and athletes can justifiably be labeled "heroes", there are some people who may appear to be heroic, but lead a completely different life off the field. Even movies in Hollywood mirror this double lifestyle. After watching Any Given Sunday in class I was…show more content…
Some people probably thought of him as a hero, but failed to know the whole truth. Daryl Strawberry's problems with his personal life seemed to have surfaced around 1990. That year he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and was allegedly going to use the weapon on his wife. That same year, he was an all-star player. In 1993 he was arrested for hitting his girlfriend while helping the L.A. Dodgers score 675 runs that season. 1995 was also an interesting year for Strawberry. In that year alone he was charged with failing to pay child support, owed $350,000 in back taxes which confined him for six months in his home (except for baseball games of course!), and still played with the Yankees to help them finish 2nd in the American League Eastern Division. Just four years later in 1999 he was arrested and put on eighteen months probation for drug and solicitation charges. He was also suspended that year from baseball, but was allowed to participate in postseason batting. Just this past October (2000), Strawberry was put under house arrest for 2 years for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of the accident. While he was under house arrest he left his home without permission, and when he was found, he tested positive for cocaine. He was arrested for that incident. Michael Irvin is another athlete who had great statistics and was looked up to by Dallas Cowboy fans. In his career he had
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