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  • Lake Sun E-Board: Drug use in sports

  • QUESTION: This week, Major League Baseball handed down a suspension to Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun for violating the drug policy. Braun negotiated for a suspension for the rest of the year (65 games) that will cost him $3.8 million. In light of growing scandal of doping in sports, how should sports commissions handle players who violate drug policies and fail drug tests?
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  • QUESTION: This week, Major League Baseball handed down a suspension to Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun for violating the drug policy. Braun negotiated for a suspension for the rest of the year (65 games) that will cost him $3.8 million. In light of growing scandal of doping in sports, how should sports commissions handle players who violate drug policies and fail drug tests?
    Young people don’t have good role models
    Pete Rose was banned from baseball for betting on games. Now record-setting or high performing players get an asterisk by their names or a suspension.
    That’s the slap on the wrist for taking performance enhancing drugs and lying about it to fans and officials for years. It’s not just baseball. Football, track and field, even bicycling is tainted. Golfers, hockey and basketball players are tested for drugs. Many WWF wrestlers are already dead after years of “juicing.”
    The use of drugs is not allowed in sports and offenders should be banned, not suspended. Baseball held off on naming a long list of “users” until after the All-Star Game. What would the game have been without its stars! As a youngster I admired professional athletes and wanted to play as well as they did. They were my heroes.
    Today it’s a shame that youngsters don’t have good role models in professional sports.
    Greg Stageberg
    Eldon
    The game is all about money
    First of all, Ryan Braun negotiating for suspension the rest of this year, how different that decision would be if the Brewers were in contention.  I grew up in 50s and 60s when baseball was played by men who loved the game and didn't disrespect it.  
    Today, it's how much money you can make and whomever is offering it is where I'll go, no loyalty except to money.  I still, occasionally, watch a game but don't enjoy it much anymore.  It's probably the glare from all the gold and silver jewelry worn by players today.  In my opinion, the game (baseball) and sports in general just ain't what it used to be and unfortunately it ain't changing either.
    Brad Mitchell
    Sunrise Beach
    It’s a job; in the real world, he would be fired
    I think they should be terminated.  It is a job. We send conflicting signals to the youth today.
    We say don't do drugs, it’s bad and you could go to jail, unless you are a movie star, rock star, or sports star. If they worked for anyone else they would be fired.  
    Page 2 of 2 - No suspension, No slap on the wrist, no interview with Matt Lauer so he or she could defend themselves, just simply fired.
    Nancy Steward
    Sunrise Beach
    Shouldn’t be allowed to negotiate
    A negotiated settlement for a drug policy violation is unacceptable.
    There should be no gray areas. A violation is wrong and should be treated as such. Braun should be kicked out of the game as an example to other professionals.
    You don't do wrong in this business and then simply get a slap on the wrist. A harsher penalty is needed and should be quickly administered. How else will the other professionals learn?
    Hal Anway
    Lake Ozark

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