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. The story of Lance Armstrong has Tom Murray stating that “Some critics say the
problem isn't athletes who break the rules but the rules themselves specifically, the prohibition on doping. Lance Armstrong's supporters are running out of plausible defenses
. Because of athletes like Lance Armstrong, not only are fans retreating from loving the sport of cycling, but people are beginning to doubt all athletes
clean or not
whether they are a fraud or a true elite athlete.
For instance, in today’s Major League Baseball (MLB), if an up and coming baseball
player like Mike Trout were to hit over 50 homeruns in a season, the average fan may wonder if Trout is on steroids
. Referring to Baseball’s Almanac, the
average number of home runs for a home run leader in MLB over the past 5 years (2009-2013) is 39 home runs in a season. Compare that to a 5
year span during MLB’s steroids era (1998
-2002) in which the average home run leader achieved 61 homers in a typical season. In addition to fans questioning if an athlete is cheating or not with PEDs, another key reason why there should be more regulation on PEDs
is because athletes won’t confess
to taking PEDs on their own accord
I find it very hard to believe that every doper out there suddenly decides to quit on his own accord
” (Routley 3)
. If leagues and our national government do not do something to stress the importance of clean athletes then cheating athletes will simply think that it is appropriate to take drugs such as steroids, stimulants, and painkillers. Clearly, those athletes that cheat will not stop themselves unless something impactful gets in their way. Some would argue that the only way to significantly reduce the usage of PEDs is to bring professional sports leagues and the government together to develop a meaningfully way to regulate it. For example, what if a professional baseball player gets caught taking PEDs? He is suspended or banned from league. If the government got involved and enforced regulation, this player not only would be