you can't have one without the other without this one
Drugs in sports
I found this article on ESPN.com about Erik Ainge, former UT quarterback and 5th round draft pick by the NY Jets. This article gives an in-depth account of his struggles with drugs, painkillers, alcohol, and heroin to be specific. It is also mainly a piece that he wrote himself to bring awareness to athletes with substance abuse problems.
Here are some things I found interesting/appaling:
Throughout that process, I became hooked on pain killers. I got them from the team doctor. I went through the prescriptions pretty fast. After he had been giving them to me for quite a while, he said he couldn't give them to me anymore.
I was hooked on them and I was playing football, and there was no way I was going to cancel my senior year by going to rehab. I started getting them from people, buying them, getting them off the street. I wasn't the only player on the team that was doing it, so we knew people. It wasn't, like, super sketchy or anything. We knew people who had them, and we were Tennessee football players, so they pretty much just gave them to us.
I hope the above isn't a widespread issue with NCAA athletes across the nation.
I was under the influence pretty much every day, every practice. I mean, I was a drug addict, so it's not like I stopped using drugs for any reason. Did the Jets know? I don't know. That's all they knew me as. I was a drug addict from the first day I stepped foot on the Hofstra campus [site of the team's training base until 2009].
Now the present:
A normal day for me consists of therapy with my psychiatrist and/or NA or AA meetings. Five nights a week, I go to meetings. I had four recovery groups, but I can't afford them anymore because of the NFL lockout.
The lockout has caused a lot of problems for me. My substance-abuse insurance through the NFL and CIGNA got canceled as a result of the lockout. If I were a normal player -- let's say I had a broken leg and I was in the hospital -- they'd have forms they would've sent me to continue receiving insurance through the NFL. Since I'm a drug addict in the drug program, my insurance just got canceled, and I didn't like that.
Interesting to see how the lockout is affecting athletes that aren't the highest paid and able to easily weather the lockout.
The full article can be found here:
I was just reading about Michael Phelps, and thinking about how our society deals with drug use in sports. I really don't get it that athletes get tested for drugs that aren't performance enhancing. I am really against anything that will improve their strength, speed, quickness, etc... But who cares if the guy/girl is doing a drug that hurts them?
I remember a snowboarder (but forget his name) who was stripped of an Olympic medal because he tested positive for Marijuana. What could that have helped him do? If anything he was worse off doing it. I don't mean to sound crass, and I also don't mean that no one should "care." I am speaking about fair competition.
Obviously if the athlete is a proffessional, the organization that is spending millions on him/her has a right to test for whatever they want. But in the case of sports that people don't make money to play, why do we care if they abuse drugs? They are really just hurting their own chances of success, and frankly what they do to themselves is none of our buisness.