Why Cheating Will Never Leave Sports

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer IJuly 29, 2009

30 Sep 2000:  Marion Jones of the USA on her way to winning Gold in the Womens 4x400m Relay Final at the Olympic Stadium on Day 15 of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. \ Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons /Allsport

Throughout sports history, cheating has existed in every sport in some way, shape, or form, which has caused whatever sport it is to become damaged, sometimes permanently.

There are many different ways to cheat in sports, such as fixing games, placing bets on teams, lying about your age, and the biggest one of them all, taking performance enhancing substances.

Sports such as baseball, track and field, weightlifting, and cycling have all had major problems with performance enhancing substances in recent years. This has caused all of  these sports to all face major criticism from fans and the media.

Even athletes that are clean in sports such as Lance Armstrong, Usain Bolt, and Michael Phelps have all been faced with criticism, as these athletes are accused by some of taking these performance enhancing substances, even though none of them have ever tested positive for these substances, and also tell people that they would never put these drugs into their bodies.

In the Olympics, people cheat for national glory such as Marion Jones and Ben Johnson, and because of this, the Olympics are more tarnished than any other sport with performance-enhancing substances.

Besides performance enhancing substances, there are others ways to cheat which are used by athletes in order to get an edge on the playing field.

In sports such as college basketball, the players will fix games by using a point spread in order to get money that they will need for expenses such as living, as the NCAA gives them no money.

Throughout sports, people will always try to gain a competitive edge in order to win games.

Players such as the 1919 Black Sox and Pete Rose in 1989 have bet on baseball in order to gain money, but now both guilty parties have been banned from baseball for life.

Players in baseball also scuff baseball with items such as sandpaper, corked bats, and steal signs, all of which is cheating in order to gain a competitive edge on there opponents

In football, teams steal signs, sell playbooks, and most famously, steal signs by use of video (Spygate).

In basketball, referee Tim Donaghy fixed games as an official, which became a black eye for the NBA.

In college sports, schools' recruit athletes illegally, and athletes will try to gain money as they need money for living expenses.

Even in Little League, cheating happens, which is evident with Danny Almonte in 2001, as he lied about his age in order to participate in the Little League World Series.

The truth is, cheating in sports has existed since the beginning of sports history, and exists on all levels of playing fields; from professional all the way down to Little League.

Parents always tell their kids to not cheat as cheaters never win, but that is never true, as cheaters usually win games.

Athletes often come down hard on their peers whenever they cheat, but the accusing athlete usually also cheats.

The reason behind this is that athletes will do anything to gain a competitive edge, as they want to desperately win games, and will do anything in order to do this.

Finally, the truth is that as long as their is competition in sports, cheating will always happen, and there is nothing that anyone can do to stop it.

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