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Asking Too Much (Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2008)

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KCET's Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation regarding "Drugs in Sports"

Val Zavala>> If you don't think there's a problem with drugs in sports, just watch the headlines for a few weeks. The latest is star pitcher, Roger Clemens, who allegedly used performance-enhancing drugs. But some people say that steroids and other drugs are just part of the game these days and perhaps they should be legalized. For some thoughts on that, we brought three people together for one of our "Kitchen Conversations".

Diana Nyad is a sports commentator and reporter. Helene Elliott covers sports for the Los Angeles Times. And Joe Hicks moderates our conversation. He's Vice President of CommUnity Advocates, Inc.

Joe Hicks>> We're going to be talking about sports doping today and I made just a little list of people here that come to mind. Floyd Landis, Barry Bonds, Marion Jones, Justin Gatlin, Mark McGuire. That's just a short list. We got a lot of people doing this and I guess the temptation is to say we live in a drug-obsessed culture. What's the big deal? Let's just legalize it and be done with it. What's the problem?

Helene Elliott>> There is a school of thought to this that maybe there should be parallel competition, one competition for athletes who are clean and the other one for athletes who are doping. Then one of the problems that comes up is that it comes up haves and have-nots. If you can afford to buy the drug, you can compete and win.

Joe Hicks>> But there's a Mr. Clean bodybuilding competition and nobody comes and nobody cares because all the big dudes --

Helene Elliott>> -- you just answered your question.

Diana Nyad>> There's a middle ground too between let's just let it all go, forget the drug testing, we can't tell who's clean and dirty, just let them go, and let's define the testing. The science is getting clearer. There's a middle ground between that. I've interviewed a lot of Tour de France cyclists who are willing to say off the record that the rest of us just don't understand what they do. Track and field athletes will tell you same thing. A lineman will tell you the same thing in the NFL.

They don't look at this as cheating. They don't look at taking a little pill of Dianabol every day is going to make them a more talented athlete. They think that that will make them come to their potential. Their potential will come to fruition in a less injured way, in a quicker way. So there are Tour de France cyclists who say, you know, listen, nobody can make me climb that fourteen percent grade faster than I do. No drug can do that. But I take this drug so that I can recuperate and I can train harder.

The rest of the world, you know, whether it be as you alluded to in the beginning, Joe, the rest of the world is taking all kinds of chemical manipulations to improve their memory, their sex lives, their xxyz --

Joe Hicks>> -- Botox.

Diana Nyad>> Yeah, but why shouldn't an athlete if they don't look at it as cheating? They look at it as though it's a tool.

Joe Hicks>> But, Helene, do you think that the average fans who go to ballparks care that Barry Bonds may or may not utilize something that helps him hit the ball out of the park? I mean, he may get booed in other parks, but the guy is still a hero in San Francisco. They want to catch that ball. They want to go out to the bay and get his ball.

Helene Elliott>> I don't think they want to catch the ball because they idolize him. They want to catch the ball because they want to auction it.

Joe Hicks>> Sell it (laughter).

Helene Elliott>> And make their child's tuition payment.

Joe Hicks>> But does the average fan care that people are shooting up or using cream? Do they care?

Helene Elliott>> I think they do. I think, on some level, you do and I think, on some level, you should. I mean, what we're all brought up with is that, you know, you go out and you run a race, it's equal. I mean, you have the ability and the freedom to train as much as you want and practice as much as you want, eat the right diet. But the idea is that essentially the bedrock is fair competition.

Joe Hicks>> Is it fair to the kid that doesn't want to use substances? You know, just wants to hit the ball as hard as he can based on practice and whatnot, or the guy who wants to be a decathlete or something? Those that aren't using it? The people that are obviously going to be the most successful may be the people using substances, but is it fair to that kid?

Diana Nyad>> Well, I guess you'd have to say it isn't because, you know, we could say as many baseball players have said, look, you know, you hit a ball because you've got eye-hand coordination, you're reading a pitch that's coming in at ninety-eight miles an hour.

It has nothing to do with strength, but once you put on fifty pounds of pure muscle, it wasn't your muscle that you couldn't get from weightlifting and just eating a great Wheaties breakfast. Then, of course, when you connect, that mass is going to send that ball out into McCovey's Cove rather than ending short of the four hundred foot mark.

You know, I guess we'd have to say, of course, it isn't. But on the other hand, we're sort of in this era of chemical manipulation. First-chair violinists, you know, from most symphony orchestras take a beta blocker to help calm their nerves. It doesn't mean that now that's going to give them extra dexterity in their fingers or make them interpret Mozart better than they used to. They had that talent and that hard work to start with. There are a lot of athletes that are on that fence right now out there feeling like, hey, I'm in the modern world and I'm never going to get Olympic medal unless I play the game.

Joe Hicks>> And we live in a win-obsessed world. We want people to win, win at all costs, and that's the ethos. We see it in special sports. People don't care how you get there. You just want to be able to say they won, my team won, my guy won. Don't we almost -- not to say it's excusable, but aren't we encouraging athletes to engage in this kind of behavior?

Helene Elliott>> I'm not encouraging any athlete personally to do that. I'd rather see a fair fight. I mean, when you're talking about the violinist who takes the beta blocker, that sets an example, but, I mean, what a violinist or musician does, the performance is subjective. An athlete, a baseball player, a track athlete, is objective. You ran such and such a time, you did this and that. There has to be some kind of even footing.

There has to be some kind of inherent assumption of fairness, of everybody is on a level playing field, or else it's completely meaningless. If we've gotten to the point where you have to destroy your body to win -- and you were saying about the Tour de France, the people who say I have to take this to recover quicker, maybe the race shouldn't be so hard that they have to take that drug.

Joe Hicks>> What happens, say, if we legalize it. We say, oh, we know everybody is doing it. Let's get real here. What does that ultimately do, though, to have this concept of force in me that acknowledges you can? Even if you may not have access to it, some will and some won't acknowledge that it's okay. It's okay to use performance --

Diana Nyad>> -- you know, this might sound way out there, but when the three of us are real old on the proverbial rocking chair on the front porch --

Joe Hicks>> -- I'm too close for comfort. I'm not comfortable with that (laughter).

Helene Elliott>> That's way down the road for all of us.

Diana Nyad>> Okay, we're not near it, but let's just say I don't think it's the craziest thing in the world to turn on our television and we're going to watch an NFL game and the announcer says, "Here comes blah-blah-blah, the linebacker for the Cleveland Browns, and you know, it's interesting. His doctor switched him this year to Dianabol and he's taking a little bit less of a dose of it and I think, you know, it's just what he needed to make seven tackles a game this year."

I actually think, even though the science is now catching up to the cheating athlete that's getting better, a little closer. I personally think that, in the future, maybe right at this moment because we're still in the big fight, I think fifteen or twenty years or thirty years down the road at least, I think we're going to be into full-fledged what used to be Wheaties, now it's Dianabol.

Joe Hicks>> What if it's a fifteen year old kid? How does he interpret it? Will it dissuade him? Will it actually cause him, well, you know, if I try this stuff, maybe I'll run faster, get bigger, whatever? Will it encourage this?

Helene Elliott>> That's a good question. It's only human nature to try and cheat in a kind of way that, you know, for now you're ahead of the testing. The testers are usually taking six months to a year behind the new chemicals that are selling, so maybe for six months, you're ahead of the game. But can you live with yourself afterwards? Can you?

Diana Nyad>> You know, where the real difficulty is and this biggest problem is when you talk about a fifteen year old kid, he doesn't have to be the athlete. The athletes are doing it for all the reasons we talked about right here. But it's the body image and we're big on that, bigger than winning. We're big on body image in this country. It's that girl and boy who is fifteen years old who says I'm never going to run track. I'm never going to play any sport. I'm never going to be tested, but I want to look like that.

Joe Hicks>> That's got to be the last word. We've flat run out of time. Thanks, guys, for coming and having this session. I don't think we solved a whole lot of things, but good session. Thanks a lot.

Helene Elliott>> Thank you.

 

 
   
 
 
   

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