Performance Enhancing Drugs Should Be Legalized Essay

1038 Words May 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Professor of Philosophy, Nicholas J. Dixon, PhD states, “To the extent that the public perceives that a PED reduces the role of skill and replaces it by chemically induced brute strength and endurance, it is likely to lose interest in sports in which it is used” (qtd. in “Top 10 Pros” 5). It is wrong to deny the audience of the true spirit of the sport. When factors of the game has been artificially changed, athletics might be considered boring. With events like SuperBowl Sunday or March Madness, sports have been the source of people of all ages entertainment for many years. It is ethically wrong to strip them of this joy and excitement, just for athletes to look better.
Even though it is obvious that PEDs should not be allowed in sports, some believe that they should be legalized. One reason for this would be actually for the safety of athletes. In the article, “Performance-Enhancing Drugs Should Be Legalized”, written by Stephen Wang, professor at Princeton University, Bennett Foddy says, “Because doping is illegal, the pressure is to make a performance enhancers are produced or brought on the black market and administered in a clandestine, uncontrolled way with no monitoring of the athlete’s health” (4). Based on Foddy’s opinion, legalizing PEDs might actually be safer than continuing to keep them illegal. If they were legal, it may be possible doping could be safe as dealers would no longer have to hide. It could lead to scientists and doctors figuring out what was safe…

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