The hashtag #unpopular opinions was making the rounds on Twitter yesterday, so I thought I'd share my unpopular sports opinion:
I'm not outraged by the use of performance enhancing drugs in professional sports.
There, I said it. Should pro athletes be allowed to take all the steroids they want? No. I think testing policies should be as strong as possible, and violators should be punished, even more severely than the current 50-game ban in MLB for first-time offenders (4 games in the NFL). I'd like to see an 81-game (8 in NFL) suspension for the first positive PED test. Half a season. Full season if you're caught again, and three times equals a lifetime ban.
To me, though, I can't get morally outraged at an athlete who uses performance enhancers. You only have a short few years in a Major League Baseball career, and even less in most NFL careers. Some people claim as many as 50% of big leagers are on the juice. Am I supposed to flip and coin to determine which half of players I should hate?
Should I sit in judgment of a poor kid from the Dominican Republic, who has one chance to improve his life and the life of his family and wants to give himself the best chance possible?
Should I condemn a naive young man whose agent pushes the latest "supplement" on him and says all of his clients are taking it, too?
Should I forever despise the kid who just wants to get healthy enough to get back on the field and help his teammates?
Maybe I should, because they all cheated. But I just can't. My unpopular sports opinion is that I don't really care.