Sports and Steroids go hand in hand

Alan CampbellCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2008

Since the infamous book written by Jose Canseco "Juiced" was released in April of 2005, the use of steroids amongst players in the sports world today has risen questions of concern for our future?

I think it is safe to say that most athletes don't use the performing enhancing drug, but are they using something instead?

It has been proven that the two major sports to which athletes use steroids the most, are Baseball and Football. Now this is not to say that athletes in other sports don't use steroids, they just haven't been caught as of yet.

Baseball most recently has received the most media coverage when it comes to this hot topic.  After Jose Canseco released his book of how he did steroids, he began to name other players in baseball that have used the same substance.  Roger Clemens, Jason Giambi, and Barry Bonds to name a few.  These were guys we watched growing up on TV, setting new records almost every season, and us wanting to be just like our favorite stars.

Now a days players are still using steroids in all sports, thats for sure.  But, is it almost like they have to, or are they just trying to get an edge on the competition.

Kids watching their hero's going to court on TV and being prosecuted by grand juries, and lying to them, isn't really setting a great example for our kids now a days.

Will these kids growing up and playing sports be more inclined to use steroids just like their heroe's did?  It was OK for them, until they got caught.  Is it a quick way to make money fast, by having an amazing season, then having the team offer you millions of dollars?..........  Most seem to think so. 

It is almost like saying that if you want to be successful now a days in sports you need something to help you along the way.  What happened to the good old days of Wayne Gretzky, Joe Montana, and even today Tiger Woods with a natural talent, a gift, something that they had to work hard for everyday.  Steroids are an easy answer to getting something you want quick, but it does have its prices.  As you know with Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens now in deep trouble with the Senates for lying to a Grand Jury.

I think it is safe to say now a days that kids will try steroids to either bulk up, give them more strength, and have that edge on the competition, but it will hurt them long term. 

Players in sports need to be setting the example that steroids aren't the way to go.  They need to tell our future sports athletes that working hard on their talent everyday will get them what they want, and it will be more satisfactory for them in the end. If our sports athletes today use steroids and set new records in their sport we most definitely will be in for more dissaopinting out comes from our future stars of today.