Thursday, May 22, 2008

Steroids In Professional Sports

Ever watch a football game or a baseball game and wonder what it takes to be like the athletes? Sometimes theres more to their physique and conditioning than just working out.

On August 7/2007 at the AT&T Park in San Francisco Barry Bonds broke the MLB record for most career home runs, by hitting his seven hundred and fifty sixth home run he ensured a spot in the MLB hall of fame. In 2003 rumors began to spread of Bond's possible involvement with anabolic steroids when his trainer since 2000 Greg Anderson, was indicted by a federal jury and charged with supplying steroids to athletes. Bonds said that he used a clear substance and a cream that he received from his personal strength trainer Greg Anderson, who told him they were the nutritional supplement flaxseed oil and a rubbing balm for arthritis.

But this raises a few questions who's on steroids and who is administering the tests? There is claim that medical doctor David Wilbirt prescribed WWE athletes Edge, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle and The Hurricane with steroids and human growth hormones. Eddie Guerrero, whose death two years ago was attributed by a coroner's report to have been the product of heart disease cause by steroid use was another of Dr. Wilbirt's patients. The issue of steroids is nothing new in professional wrestling. One of the most famous stars of the modern era of this form of entertainment, Hulk Hogan admitted to a grand jury in 1994 that he had used the drugs for many years. John Cena was another professional wrestle to be accused of taking performance enhancing drugs by CNN but the allegations have not been proven.

On June 25, 2007, professional wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy and their 7 year old son Daniel were found dead in their Fayetteville, Georgia, home at 2:30 p.m. The police department closed their investigation on February 12, 2008 having reached the conclusion that Benoit over a three day period murdered his wife and son then commit suicide. Speculations began about steroids being linked to the murders. Xanax a drug used to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks and depression was found in his system and believed to be used to sedate his son. Steroids were found in the home and needle marks were discovered on his Daniel's arm suggesting he had been given growth hormones. The murders were a result of depression and steroid induced rage.

Allegations began in 2004 that professional road racing cyclist and 7 time winner of the Tour De France Lance Armstrong had been using steroids. It was published in a French newspaper that in 1996 Armstrong had admitted to using performance enhancing drugs to his doctor before a brain surgery.