Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
March 27, 2004
BASEBALL: Steroids on the Brain
Jody Gerut, at his weblog, argues why baseball's steroids policy shouldn't be beefed up:
The point of most contention is that the first time you test positive, your identity is concealed. Personally, I like the idea that if by chance a player tests positive the first time he has a chance to correct it before his identity is made known, and I don't believe this is clandestine, sneaky, or underhanded in any way. I don't take steroids, but I do take a number of vitamin and protein supplements in order to make sure I'm getting enough nutrients. If by chance one of these supplements is creating an anabolic effect causing me to test positive, I want to have the chance to show the designated doctors all of my supplements to determine which one is creating the false positive. That way I can either throw it out or if the test itself is flawed they can reassess the test before anything is made public. Consider what happens to me if on the first try I test positive and that information is made available to everyone. Everything that I have worked for in my career is now tainted with this false positive. All the weight training, mental training, visual training, education, preparatory work with defense, offense, my reputation, everything... thousands and thousands of hours of work- gone in an instant. And even if I am later cleared of any wrongdoing and it is decided that I did not violate the spirit of the rules, that accusation would follow me forever, even after I was done playing the game.
I think Gerut is probably overstating the privacy intrustions on 365-days-a-year testing, but he does have a point about not releasing the player's name on a single test result. Read the whole thing.
(Link via Clutch Hits).