Kudos to B.J. Penn on His Stance on Steroids & Performance-Enhancing Substances

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 23:  BJ Penn of the USA looks on during a Press Conference ahead of UFC 127 at Star City on February 23, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Kirk MangoAnalyst IAugust 10, 2011

Finally, there is someone in MMA who stands behind a belief system centered around character and integrity. Personally, as an individual with family involved in MMA—and one dead set against illegal performance-enhancement in sports—it was encouraging to hear where B.J. Penn stands on this issue.

In a recent article at, B.J.’s thoughts on PED’s were highlighted:

“…I have come to three major conclusions with regards to PED’s; one—athletes and fans can try to justify them any way that they want, it’s still cheating. Two—the longer the debate continues, the less people seem to actually care. And three—the use of PED’s by anyone who would dare to call themselves a “martial artist” is nothing short of disgraceful.”

I will expand on his last point by stating that “the use of PED’s by anyone who would dare to call themselves [an athlete] is nothing short of disgraceful.”

B.J., from my standpoint, YOU THE MAN!!!

It takes a very special person to put their views out for all to see, especially when those views go against the norm and support the right thing to do. Keep up the good work—no, great work—and demonstrate for others, especially our youth, what a real athlete is all about!!!

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