May 16, 2019
When it comes to PED usage in professional sports, athletes getting popped for injecting themselves or ingesting illegal substances obviously are taking a chance at being suspended but knowing the rules and the lengthy history of those who have got caught, why do they continue to do it?
Two latest incidents highlight the news. First in MMA UFC’s Neil Magny was scheduled to fight this weekend but after failing an authorized USADA drug test, he’s out of the lineup. This is a guy that gave the impression he fought on the up and up and much respect for the sport. So this comes as a mild surprise. Magny was supposed to go into the Octagon against Vicente Luque but now that’s not happening.
It was he himself who let the world know via Instagram that he got popped. Said Magny:
"On Saturday, May, 11, 2019, I received an email from USADA stating that I have failed an 'out of competition drug test' due to the banned substance Di-Hydroxy-LGB-4033."
Naturally, he is saying he’s unsure of how it got in his system. So many athletes try that excuse but it simply DOES NOT WORK. He knew what he was doing just as all the others have done as well.
I just don’t understand why? For me, there is not that great an advantage in performance when using but the bottom line is that they are illegal so punishment fits the crime. Perhaps in Lance Armstrong’s case, he did have an advantage because in the sport of marathon cycling, endurance is vital.
Over in the NFL it seems every month one of the league’s athletes is being handed a suspension for PEDs and this week it’s Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals, a cornerback that was once being talked about in regards to getting dealt to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, he is facing a six game suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy. He’s not appealing. In other words, he leaves no doubt that he is guilty.
It’s really ridiculous. The behaviors of some of these men not just with PEDs but other news making issues is pathetic. Former Steeler Antonio Brown might be on of the worst culprits. A.B. is coming off a tumultuous season and off-season and this week he showed up back in Pittsburgh to appear in court so he could plead guilty to the driving violation he incurred while in the ‘Burgh.
Brown got a slap on the wrist by pleading guilty to driving at unsafe speeds and for it he pays a fine and has additional points added to his driving record. This so he can avoid having his license suspended. Whoop-te-do. Then you have Le’Veon Bell who is in the new again responding to his new coach’s comments about his signing with the New York Jets.
Adam Gase is the new coach in the Big Apple and it has surfaced that before the Jets fired G.M. Mike Maccagnan, Gase and he did not see eye to eye on the amount of money being thrown at Bell. For the time being, Gase will take over as G.M. until management finds a replacement but Bell responded with this via Twitter:
“There’s been a BUNCH of false reports and speculation about me in the past about things I’ve said and done, so I’m used to this. I don’t jump to conclusions when I hear or see a story that may affect me. Even if reports are true, that won’t stop me from doing what I came here to do...everyone has a job to do, and I’m gonna do mine whether people “like” me or not. I’m here to win football games.”
Whatever dude…while on the topic of football be sure to visit the NFL page where I have provided my insight into the current Steelers roster.