In the wake of Yankees third baseman and confessed steroid user Alex Rodriguez joining the exclusive 600 HR Club on Wednesday and new controversy surrounding doping allegations against cyclist Lance Armstrong, drug use in sports is once again making headlines. Is it time that performance-enhancing drugs are allowed if athletes choose to use them, or should leagues and governing bodies remain vigilant in keeping PEDs out of sports?
Today on SI.com are two stories with opposing viewpoints. Michael Rosenberg writes:
"The first goal of any legal system should be to protect the innocent. And I sure hope there will always be a place in popular sports for athletes who simply want to be their very best, naturally. That is why sports need performance-enhancing drug testing. If you get rid of the testing, you punish those who are right so you can forgive those who are wrong."
But Paul Daugherty says this is all much ado about nothing:
"Let them do what they want. If it's legal and approved by the FDA, let professional athletes pop, inject, rub or otherwise ingest whatever they damned well please."
What do you think?
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SI.com explores Cosell's case in this story and asks its readers, Did Howard Cosell do enough in his stint with Monday Night Football to deserve the award?
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