04 September 2007

What's Wrong With The Harrison And Wilson Suspensions

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.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

maybe if coaches could get HGH for their health problems, there is a possibility that some could get in the hands of the coach's players. It wasn't so much that he used it, no one would be upset with that. Its the position in the organization (or the NFL) that scared the commish the most.

Anonymous said...

I was under the impression Harrison was using HGH in the offseason to recover from injury.

It's grayer than you paint it. He was trying to get healthy, not cheat. He owned that too, by giving no excuses at his press conference. While it was wrong, the man wanted to be healthy again.

Anonymous said...

um, considering that the hgh wasn't perscribed by a doctor the coach's claims that he was using the hgh to get better are pretty absurd. the nfl was concerned that he is a supplier of hgh to the players not using it to enhance his own performance. the nfl thinks he is an hgh "dealer" which makes me think he deserves to be banned from the league not suspended.

Anonymous said...

Ummmmmmm.......it's not really "gray" at all......using HGH to get bigger, faster, healthier, whatever.........it's all cheating.

Anonymous said...

hGh makes the symptoms that Wilson has been describing much worse. Any type 1 diabetic knows what they put into their body and he would know this. He CERTAINLY would not use a black market product that inhibited the use of insulin. Wade Wilson is lying or stupid or both. I wish someone else would see this.

Anonymous said...

Goodell was obviously thinking that there was a strong possibility that Wilson was lying.

And how bad could it get?

How would the headlines, "Assistant coach supplies players with HGH" look in the newspapers?


And as for Harrison "not cheating" because it was for health reasons, that is a foolish argument. Even if he was taking them to get back sooner, that would have a huge impact on what we see on the field. Using illegal drugs to get back on the field before other players with the same injury would get back on the field= cheating.

Anonymous said...

Bull-bleep. Wilson was suspended more because he was distributing. Period. It should be more, not less.

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