Winners Never Cheat

1792 WordsOct 7, 20078 Pages
Winners never cheat and cheaters never win Winners never cheat and cheaters never win. Americans have grown up with this statement. It is as American as baseball or apple pie. It appears that over the years, winning has become everything and athletes will do whatever it takes to win. In order to achieve this goal, more and more professional athletes are turning to the use of performance enhancing drugs. "A performance enhancing drug is any substance that is taken for the sole purpose of enhancing athletic performance" (Saltzman, 2006 p. 16). Professional athletes who take performance enhancing drugs create false expectations for the children and teenagers who look up to them. Athletes are role models, whether they like it or not.…show more content…
Athletes accepted the charges in 120 cases, but in the remaining 29 instances they challenged the agency, which put the cases into arbitration. (Nawrocki, 2006, p.24) In an interview with the Travel Tygart, the general counsel for the United States Anti-Doping Agency, Nawrocki (2006, p.24) quotes him as saying "that his job is less about catching the bad athletes and more about protecting the clean ones." According to Nawrocki, (2006, p.24) the consequences for Floyd Landis, if found guilty, "would not only lose the title and prize money, but would also be barred from all professional competition for two years". There would be no jail time, no fines paid, and no probation. To a youth, the consequence hardly seems tangible; there is no real cause and effect. A two year suspension is not going to sway a youth from trying to emulate his or her idol. Coincidentally, more and more teenagers are also turning to illegal drugs to boost their athletic abilities. Saltzman (2006, p. 16) stated that "In January 2006, Bulgarian teenager Sesil Karantantcheva became the second woman tennis player to receive a ban as a result of a drug offense". This only begins to illustrate the problem with the youth who look up to professional athletes. "Surveys have found that tens of thousands of high school athletes have used steroids to help them bulk up or improve their performance in the field" (Teenage Steroid Use, 2006). What kinds of role models
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