NFL Drug Problems

Baseball and Football are currently sharing the honors of being the two professional sports with more drug-related problems in America.

 

The MLB just had its dose of the “Mitchell Report”, and now is the turn for the San Diego Union tribune to come up with a similar report, but this time showing the names of NFL football players that have had drug issues on the past.

 

The list includes names 185 names dating to 1962 and 85 since 1993. And among those names are listed 52 former pro-bowlers and four hall of famers.

 

The sports players report relies on media reports, public records, interviews and different archives, and it involves only drugs that are now classified as “performance-enhancing or steroids and related substances” not alcohol, marijuana or cocaine.

 

One of the most sounded cases is the one from OT Korey Stringer, whom died of a heatstroke in 2001 while practicing at Vikings training camp. His death is related to a drug called ephedra.

 

The World Anti-Doping Agency or WADA is struggling with the NFL so they add more names to their list of only 10 banned stimulants, while at the WADA’s list there are 50 listed.

 

Until now, the war against drugs at the NFL is a passive one, as a proof, we have the cases of Shawne Merriman of the Chargers and Rodney Harrison of the Patriots, who were suspended for steroids but were allowed to be voted for the Pro-Bowl.

 

Gary Wadler, who serves as Chair of the organization’s prohibited list and methods committee, said that the NFL is probably scared that if a deeper investigation takes place, Football superstars might suffer suspensions ranging from 2 to 4 years.

 

If there is a moment to take this drug-issue at the NFL seriously is now. A time when finally a group of reporters decided to follow the steps of US Senator George E. Mitchell and brought to light a problem that can be correct with proper testing… not by the NFL but by the WADA.

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