From A-Rod to Ster-Rod, What Message Does This Send to Young Athletes?

Jack MicholicCorrespondent IApril 2, 2009

JUPITER, FL - MARCH 3:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Dominican Republic watches his team take on the Florida Marlins during an exhibition game at Roger Dean Stadium March 3, 2009 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

For the past few years, steroids have affected the sports world in an extremely negative fashion. 

Now, steroids have taken a huge jump in popularity for the big athletes to get stronger and, in general, better at their game. Is this fair or just cutting some major corners? 

Alex Rodriguez, a highly publicized player to today's youth, who's on his way to breaking the all-time home run record, has been caught recently for "over the counter" steroids.

What kind of message does this really send to the kids who look up to Rodriguez? Well, obviously, not a very good one. However, not only does this ruin his image nationally but also personally.

Fighting steroids and steroid use is one of the hardest things, according to Chris Woolston of Consumer Health Interactive.

"Depression is an especially common side effect of quitting steroids," he writes. "According to the NIDA, the depression from steroid withdrawal can last for more than a year if not properly treated."

From my standpoint, why would a player so talented throw it all away by taking an anabolic steroid? It's absolutely ludicrous and an impulsively ignorant decision altogether.

The point is, what kind of season will Rodriguez have, and what kind of opinion will people have of him by now?  Will his team possibly be affected by this drama scene in New York?

Kids all over America who looked up to this young superstar are now thinking differently about Rodriguez. How will New York recover?