The NBA and NFL lockouts have provided carte blanche for professional athletes to indulge in performance enhancing drugs, and why shouldn’t they? Essentially, in addition to each sport’s lockout prohibiting interaction between the player and their respective organizations, this also applies to the administering of drug tests.
This creates a fecund period for players' growth...literally.
Furthermore, even if any player tested positive for a banned substance after their lockout was lifted, it would be impossible to prove when the substance was taken. Howard Jacobs, a defense attorney specializing in doping cases, validates this reasoning, stating that you “can’t just retroactively apply a drug policy.”
Thus, the question remains: why wouldn’t a professional athlete exploit this amnesty-loophole?
The NFL lockout lasted 136 days. So, for example, most pro-hormone cycles—which, among other things, can vastly increase one’s strength, speed and overall explosiveness—last for approximately 45 days. Then, the subsequent Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) typically continues for 30 more days, normalizing any resulting spikes in testosterone/estrogen/cortisol levels while allowing the user to retain the majority of his somatic gains.
This abstruse nomenclature can perhaps be better understood through a pop culture lens: Remember the denouement of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, when Shredder quaffed the whole vial of TGRI ooze and put Ronnie from Jersey Shore to shame? Or, when 50 Cent went shirtless in his “Candyshop” video? Vitamin Water does not do that to you.
My point is this: the NBA lockout just reached its 137th day, more than enough time to complete two of these antaean processes.