If there's one positive I can try and pull from the lockout, it's that we have the opportunity to broach topics that would normally not even move the needle while we discussed free agent signings, depth charts and rookie contracts. The motivation for this post came from the '60 Minutes' piece on cyclist Lance Armstrong's last night which three former teammates of the cyclists say they are aware the Tour de France champion used PEDs as well as EPO, which boosts red blood count.
This led me to thinking about my own life as it relates to sports, and how many of my formative years were tied to idolizing an athlete. Upon reflection I've come to the conclusion that the only player I would truly be crushed to find out he used PEDs would be Michael Jordan, only because so much of his identity to me is tied to the idea of the downtrodden, cut player who spent hours upon hours to be the best. It's a shame that I'm so jaded now that it doesn't surprise me when someone is busted for PEDs; shoot, just last year former Panther Hollis Thomas was suspended 8 games for violating the league's policy of PEDs.
It has been reported that the NFL will seek much stricter testing for performance enhancing drugs, including more invasive blood testing which is strongly opposed by the NFLPA. On the one hand, I wouldn't like to have my blood taken multiple times a season either, but as it stands there will always be those looking to get an advantage and as such it needs to be eradicated where possible.
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To me there is only one absolutely unforgivable offense in sports- and that's performance enhancing drugs. I can forget off field issues, I can forgive mistakes someone makes during a game when emotions are high, but there's a certain disgusting pre-meditation that leads to a player injecting themselves with a drug for the sole purpose of getting an upper hand over their competition.
What do you think CSR community? Is there a single athlete that would shake you to your core if it was found they took PEDs? Do you think the NFL should adopt the more invasive testing for drugs? Sound off in the comment section.