February 13th, 2009
03:24 PM ET

Off our Performance Enhancing Drugs

Alex Rodriguez, shown here with the Texas Rangers in 2001, has admitted using steroids.

Alex Rodriguez, shown here with the Texas Rangers in 2001, has admitted using steroids.

Ken Olshansky
Senior Producer, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News

This is the week for performance-enhancing drugs.

There was A-Rod, of course, who may be facing a suspension from baseball for testing positive for anabolic steroids in 2003. Of course it’s fun to dump on A-Rod, because he’s… not universally well-liked. But the real juice in the story, pardon the pun, is that Rodriguez is one of 104 players who tested positive in a 2003 survey. Supposedly, it was an anonymous survey, but not so much. The Baseball Player’s Association kept the test results; and the Fed got hold of them during discovery on an unrelated case. So, who else is on the list? Should A-Rod be hung out to dry? And is it hard to feel sorry for a guy who lied to Katie Couric?

In Washington, Congress is working out the final details on $787 billion worth of performance enhancement for our economy. When I think about that kind of injection, I keep flashing to a scene from The Wrestler, where Mickey Rourke’s character injects himself with steroids. It’s not a pretty process. And those performance enhancers can make you a little testy, which may explain the dust-up between Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the White House over the conference bill.

And finally, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a holiday dedicated to enhanced performance. As D.L. Hughley points out, there’re a whole lot of home runs that will get hit this weekend that wouldn’t have happened without the P.E.D.’s. So for those of you who, like A-Rod, want to (paraphrasing here) prove, you know, that you’re worth, you know, being one of the greatest players of all time—go for it.

Enjoy the holiday, whatever it takes.

Editor’s Note: See D.L. Hughley Breaks the News on CNN at 10PM ET Saturday and 11PM ET Sunday. Sometimes you just have to throw up your hands and laugh!

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Benny from Louisville, Ky

    You can't blame this guy. He comes to a new country and what does he see. Bankers, people in sports, wall street investors and even senators are cheating. Trying to beat the system....What would you do ?

    February 13, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  2. John ~ Southern NJ

    I don't think this is any big deal, it just makes more money for the drug tesing companies. Let the players use performance enhancing drugs, and it will even out the field. Should we stop players from taking vitamins since some players don't take them? How about amino acids? Should we stop the players from taking amino acids since some people don't think that is natural? Come on people, let's get real.

    February 13, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  3. JC- Los Angeles

    It has become glaringly apparent, judging from the horrid state of our once proud nation, that not a single corporate executive, politician or leader is on performance enhancing drugs.

    February 13, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  4. Luis

    His reputation and name is tarnished just like AIG Insurance. It's worthless. People will now question the entire Yankee team if they win games.

    February 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  5. earle,florida

    Speaking for myself only,"Baseball is Still America's Past-Time"and it's nice to see the media airing out this sports, "Dirty Laundry"! Bravo to the sportwriters to bring integrity back to the game. As for A'Rod, I hope he's fond of asterisks ****,...! See ya at the ballpark.

    February 13, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  6. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Everyone knows there self worth and their capabilites-–and for us who do-–performance enhancing drugs is not an option-we perform according to our abilities, talents and capabilities. Did they users of PED lie to Congress? Some did and maybe some didn't--but then again we all lie-–including Congress--and will the financial infusion of 789 billion dollars cause a performance enhancement of the economy-–we will soon see after the injection.

    February 13, 2009 at 3:59 pm |