Hysteria Over PED Use Needs to End


The real question now, though, is not "how mad should everyone be at Alex Rodriguez?" but rather "since this keeps happening, how can we start talking about and dealing with PEDs in a more productive way?"

Whether or not we ever manage to make the use of performance-enhancing drugs a rarity in sports, we should at least be able to find a way to break the cycle of PED revelation, upset and stale debate. Steroids are a fact of life in the modern athletic era, and sports discourse is chasing its own tail.

Use of performance enhancing drugs is an odd sort of transgression. It's not entirely victimless -- clean players feel pressure to use, which can have a negative effect on their health, but they may lose money if they don't, and suffer competitively; fans feel misled...

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