I "get" it; fans of Mark McGwire don't want to see him kicked to the curb because of a lapse in judgement. As I said before, I'm not criticizing Mark for being a good husband and father. All I'm suggesting is that any record he or anyone else breaks while on performance-enhancing drugs should be thrown out. If he wants to tour the country lecturing to young athletes about the dangers of steroids, then I will do nothing but support such endeavors. But to suggest that he should be forgiven and his records remain is disrespectful of the thousands of athletes who strive for greatness on their own WITHOUT the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Let's say that I'm an Olympic weightlifter. Let's say that the record for a clean lift is 450 pounds. If I take a bunch of PCP before my official lift because the drug's been proven to artificially increase my momentary strength and I lift 500 pounds, which record should stand? Based on what I've read here, I should be allowed to go down in history as having broken the record set by an athlete who DIDN'T use performance-enhancing drugs, and no matter how you choose to describe the situation, that's simply not only unfair and wrong, but sets a dangerous precedent that will ENCOURAGE more steroid and/or other drug use.
To address your comment about the hearings, just because Mark's attorneys told him to remain silent when asked to admit using steroids, that doesn't excuse his using them to break records. In other words, even if he HAD admitted using performance-enhancing drugs in the first round of hearings, his "records" should be deemed null and void once the truth was discovered.
The bottom line is that performance-enhancing drugs don't belong in professional sports of any kind, and no records broken by drug-using athletes should be allowed to stand.
End of story.
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