According to a report from Sports Illustrated, New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2003. This was the year that Major League Baseball – in conjunction with the players union – randomly tested players for performance-enhancing drugs without the possibility of penalty to determine if more thorough testing would be necessary.
According to the Huffington Post, Alex Rodriguez refused to discuss the matter when approached by Sports Illustrated at a Miami gym Thursday. “You’ll have to talk to the union,” said Rodriguez.
Alex Rodriguez Tested Positive for Steroids?: The Issue of an Unfair Competitive Advantage
The use of performance-enhancing drugs by ball players is troubling on a number of fronts. First of all, they give the steroid-using player an unfair competitive advantage. For instance, San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds has allegedly used anabolic steroids. If this is true, does it not taint his all-time Major League Baseball home run record (he broke Hank Aaron’s record on August 7, 2007)? As many have noted, if Barry Bonds used steroids, then a giant asterisk should accompany his name in the record books (signifying that it is tainted).
Alex Rodriguez Had a Positive Steroid Test in 2003?: Health Risks of Anabolic Steroids
But apart from the fact that the use of performance-enhancing drugs is unethical, their use also poses great health risks. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the abuse of steroids can lead to heart attack, stroke and liver cancer. In addition, the use of anabolic steroids has been associated with a wide range of unpleasant side effects. These include acne, breast development in men, and voice deepening in women.
Alex Rodriguez Tested Positive for Steroids?: Drug Use and Role Models
As has been made abundantly clear in the recent Michael Phelps bong-hit scandal, athletes serve as role models to young kids. As a result of Phelps’ scandal (a photo of him inhaling marijuana from a bong pipe went viral on the web), Kellogg’s decided not to renew his sponsorship contract. When an athlete of Michael Phelps’ and Alex Rodriguez’s stature uses drugs it sends the wrong message to the thousands of kids who look up to them.
Alex Rodriguez Steroids: Report say he tested postive in 2003, The Huffington Post, February 7, 2009
What are the health consequences of drug abuse?, drugabuse.gov