We all know that steroids are running rampant in sports, and the cheaters that are caught deserve the punishments that they receive. But the NFL's latest steroid suspension seems to defy logic. Dallas quarterbacks coach and former NFL head coach Wade Wilson was suspended for five games by the NFL for buying and using banned substances. The former QB was also fined $100,000 by the league.
You must be wondering - assistant coaches are doping now? Wilson wasn't using in order to attempt a comeback. Rather, he was using them to help combat his diabetes.
''I can't say that I regret trying to improve my health, my quality of life,'' Wilson said. ''I wasn't taking the product to enhance performance. I am way past that.''
Wilson said his intent was to help with his blood-sugar levels, among other symptoms, but that it wound up sending his blood sugars ''all over the map.''
''The research I did to alleviate these complications, well, I did it,'' he said. ''But it might not have been the best avenue. The fact that I'm lumped in with cheaters, I have to accept that I'm a cheater but unknowingly a cheater."
Wilson's actions, regardless of what he was using the drugs for, are illegal, and wrong. They also deserve punishment. The typical argument against steroids is that they are performance enhancing, and give an unfair advantage to those who take them. Wilson took them to enhance and perhaps even prolong his life. There's a big difference there.
So why did Wilson get a five game suspensions when active player Rodney Harrison received only four? Perhaps it's that Commissioner Roger Goodell ''holds people of authority in higher regard than the players on the field," as Wilson guessed. But surely the Commissioner can see the difference between the two. It's clear: Harrison was using HGH to cheat. Wilson wasn't. Goodell should have used some discretion in leveling the suspensions, and drawing some distinction between them. Both broke the law, and both deserve to face the crimes they committed. Both deserve to be suspended. But it shouldn't be like this.