Performance Enhancing Drugs : Sports Media Covered The Story Of The University Of Florida Quarterback

1608 Words Nov 5th, 2015 7 Pages
Performance enhancing drugs in sports present a very real problem. Recently, sports media covered the story of the University of Florida quarterback, Will Grier. He was suspended an entire calendar year from NCAA football for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs (Aschoff 1). Performance enhancing drugs are often a subject that is surrounded by questions that no one ever answers outside of the leagues in which these substances are banned (i.e. NCAA, NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, etc). This means that most people that are not involved in these leagues are not very educated. This is illustrated in the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine by author Levent Özdemir. He is quoted as saying, “[s]ince the potential side effects of doping drugs are not satisfactorily familiar to the most users, the education... on the matter must be a top priority” (Özdemir 248). In the process of educating people, the question that the general public often ponders is ‘do performance enhancing drugs actually give an athlete an unfair advantage in competition?’ Yes, the players take these drugs in order to receive an unfair advantage in their competition of choice. Additionally, other questions are raised about the ethical side of the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports. Do these drugs translate to better stats and an improved chance for that player’s team to win? The answer is, almost always, yes. As it seems with the changing culture of sports, no one is exempt from accusations of…

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