From baseball to football to soccer to cycling, a proverbial Direct TV sportspackage in terms of extensive scope, it seems as if no realm of athletics is above the influence of performance enhancing drugs. The depths to which steroid use has penetrated the culture of sport in this country still may not be fully grasped by the average fans, despite the best tell-all efforts of renowned authors and journalists such as Jose Canseco. Though perhaps in retrospect, we should remove the sarcasm from the previous sentence, as in the wake of muscle-bound madness perhaps Canseco is actually one of the few ahead of his time minds who truly understands the permeation of drug culture in professional sports.The recent news of Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi testing positive for a banned substance while playing in Turkey’s Fenerbahnce basketball league, brings into question whether anyone is truly within the perceived limits of fair play. While Taurasi tested positive Modafinil, which for the record is neither a recreational drug nor a steroid, the stimulant has come under harsh scrutiny by regulatory doping agencies, famously resulting in US sprinter Kelli White being stripped of her 2003 World Championship medals and more recently American cyclist’s two year suspension from competition earlier this year. When prescribed, Modafinil is used to treat narcolepsy, but it can be used as an exercise prolonging stimulant, giving users the feeling they are exerting less energy while sustaining high-energy results.Professional basketball is certainly no stranger to drug use, with Damon Stoudamire and friends giving Portland’s “Blazers” nickname a new take, in terms of PEDs the sport has been assumed to be relatively clean by comparison to its major sport counterparts. Particularly alarming is that Taurasi, the player in question, hails from the WNBA, since female competitors are less naturally predisposed to PED use than male athletes, according to trends and studies. One must ask, where does it end? Will there ever be a day in which athletes compete purely using God-given gifts rather than substance sustained talent?At this point, why not just legalize it all. Let pro athletes sign health waivers to compete and put whatever they want in their bodies. Freeze the record books as they are (or retroactively freeze them before substance use took flight in the late 80′s), and let the players have it their way. To be honest, was there ever a more compelling baseball regular season than the 1998 McGwire-Sosa Slamfest? Not in the post-strike era. By transitioning from an already prolific “look the other way” culture to a “I see you but go ahead at your own risk” mentality, perhaps we can finally break the 100 HR plateau and every fan seated in the outfield can walk away with a souvenir long ball.

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