Essay on The Ethics of Performance Enhancing Drug Use in Baseball

2361 Words Apr 7th, 2011 10 Pages
As Approached from Virtue Ethics and Utilitarian Perspectives Since the 1990’s, Major League Baseball has been tainted by the “steroid era,” with over 127 players admitting to or being charged for performance-enhancing drug usage. As records have been shattered, books have been published, and players have confessed to their exploits, these drugs have made society question the legitimacy of America’s favorite pastime. One of the game’s greatest, Hank Aaron, set the all time homerun record in 1974. Thirty-three years later, Barry Bonds tied this record, and shortly after was indicted for lying under oath about his alleged use of steroids in the BALCO scandal. An example of two monumental milestones, both affected by the use of illegal …show more content…
Friendship was also another topic at the heart of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, as he emphasizes the virtue and its role in the ultimate end of happiness. Yet Aristotle does not simply define friendship in relation to our modern day notions of the word. Instead, he accentuates the binding nature of friendship, and a feeling of mutual respect and justice in the relationship; “The decent person… is related to his friend as he is to himself, since the friend is another himself” (Aristotle 1166a). When Aristotle defines friendship, he goes beyond conventional peer-to-peer interaction, and goes so far as to include things like competitors and colleagues. In this sense, we may take the players in Major League Baseball, and evaluate their bonds as a group with common abilities and aims. To advance friendship, and therefore live in accordance with virtue, players must respect those around them, and admire the merits and character of their fellow competitors. When players use performance-enhancing drugs, though, it undermines the mutual respect and justice of friendship. Steroid use disrespects others’ ability to compete, and yields unfair and contemptuous advantages for egocentric individuals. Doping athletes are being entirely selfish in their actions, not considering the damage they are doing to the game, its players, honorable records, and loyal fans. Human nature is bound by reciprocal relationships of

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