Major League Players Suspended for Drugs

The New York Times reports that Bartolo Colon, a former Cy Young award winner who plays for the Oakland A's, has been suspended for 50 games for using performance-enhancing drugs. Colon's suspension marks the fifth time this season that a Major League player has been punished for drug use, the highest number 2007. Baseball officials began testing for steroids and other performance enhancers ten years ago, yet it seems that some players are still willing to push the limits of the rules in order to perfect their bodies.

After his suspension was announced, Colon issued an apology, saying, “I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A’s. I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the joint drug program.”

Major League Baseball players are under extreme pressure to perform. Do you see similar pressures on student athletes? Do you think professional players provide a bad example to teens when they test positive for performance enhancers? What do you know about steroids and their risks?

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