A Lesson in Sports Ethics

Bonds Added to List of Black Athletes Required to Testify Before Grand Jury for Steroid Use

With the heightened level of competition, and the desire to win, some athletes have gone to extreme measures to become champions.  Drug use in sports is an ever-growing problem, and some argue that it teaches youth that cheating produces better results than hard work and dedication.  What ever happened to honor, dignity, and respect?

Baseball stars Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants and Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees admitted to using illegal substances to the grand jury. 

Bonds testified to a grand jury that he used a clear substance and a cream, supplied by a trainer who was indicted for steroid-distribution.  However, Bonds claims he was unaware they were steroids, according to a report published Friday.

After admitting to injecting himself with human growth hormones and steroids, Giambi may possibly have his $120 million dollar contract with the Yankees terminated and seek disciplinary actions by Commissioner Bud Selig.  Teammate Gary Sheffield has been subjected to questions about his use of steroids as well.   

In the 2004 Olympic Games, a lot of negative attention was given to the U.S. Track and Field team as several athletes were under investigation for using steroids, and participating in illegal activity.

“There’s been a lot of negative press going around track and field, but I really believe the people who should be up in the spotlight will be there — the people who have done things the right way,” Alan Webb an Ann Arbor native and middle distance runner for the U.S. Track team told John Niyo of  the Detroit News.

This past year a half-dozen track and field athletes faced drug suspensions, and two athletes who qualified for the U.S. team could not compete due to positive drug tests.

Several elite athletes have appeared before the grand jury including baseball stars Bonds, Giambi, and Sheffield, track stars Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery, and Kelli White.

Steroid use has permeated sports; athletes have not taken responsibility for knowing what goes into their bodies.  However, the issue here is bigger than sports; this is about life, what is right and wrong.  My question is when is enough enough?