When It Comes to PEDs, Why Not Assume All Athletes Are Guilty Until Proven Innocent

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Neil Cohen lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and toddler son. A former corporate PR guy, he’s now enjoying his new gig as a stay-at-home dad. He writes about parenting, current events and sports at his blog Man on Third. You can follow him at @manonthirdblog.


  1. Neil-
    I really like your writing at GMP. However, this article, like so many others about PEDs, falls into the same traps:
    1. It makes it seem as if baseball players are using more than other pro sports. As PEDs #1 benefit is RECOVERY from exertion, it would make sense that football, basketball, hockey, soccer players would all use at much higher percentates than baseball- especially that those sports don’t have testing anywhere near as good as MLBs. (The NBA’s is a complete joke, and the NFL is purposefully dragging its feet on HGH testing bc they’d suspend 80% of the league if they tested tomorrow)
    2. Cheaters will always cheat. There is no perfect machine to catch them. By all means, make testing and consequences clearer and stronger; make it harder for folks to cheat and get away with it, but there is no way to reduce to 0, because…
    3. Sports were always awash in cheating- players in Ruth’s day were shot up with horse hormones. Aaron was an amphetimine freak. Lyle Alzado, anyone? The only things that have changed are our outrage and our ability to find things out (but especially the OUTRAGE)
    4. If we spent the time and outrage on PED in sports on, say financial fraud, we’d really be onto something. the outrage is just not proportionate with the place of sports as the toy department of society.

  2. brindafella says:

    You mentioned Australia, but you did not mention the current Australian Crime Commission (ACC) and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) investigations into drug use among various sports, notably the four major ball-sports (Australian Football, Rugby, Rugby League, and Football [soccer]) but also touching various other sports (e.g. swimming, despite having a highly rigorous drug testing schedule that goes considerably further than any ball-game testing. see http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-13/amateurs-want-answers-for-drug-testing-disparity/4517400)

    Please note that baseball is a ‘minor sport’ in Australia, although there is a professional six-team Australian Baseball League that only a week ago crowned its winner, the Canberra Cavalry, winners of the Claxton Shield. http://web.theabl.com.au/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130212&content_id=41553856&vkey=news_t4066&fext=.jsp&sid=t4066

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