“Barry Bonds testified to a grand jury that he used a clear substance and a cream given to him by a trainer who was indicted in a steroid-distribution ring, but said he didn’t know they were steroids, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday.”
I don’t buy it. I just don’t believe that he didn’t know it. I need some time to consider this topic and determine how I really feel about steroids in sports.
In regard to Bonds and sterorids in baseball there are multiple issues to consider. First, his concentration and focus upon hitting is not related to steroids. These are skills that are not gained by taking any drugs.
Off the top of my head the argument you could make is that the steroids helped his aging body hold up longer than it might have. He may have eztended his career. And you could potentially argue that due to his strength he hit more homeruns.
But, he hit the balls hard enough and far enough that even without steroids it likely wouldn’t matter.
In some respects the issue could be as simple as saying that either all athletes have access to the drugs or no one does and then there would not be a question of unfair advantage.
You have to wonder about the side effects and health issues. Is it really worth it, look at Jason Giambi.