BASEBALL PLAYERS TALK STEROIDS - Mitch Perry

12/06/04

America's top doctor says steroid use in Major League Baseball is a public health issue that threatens young people across the country.

 U-S Surgeon General Richard Carmona says he's worried about kids

and young athletes who idolize the superstar sluggers. If

youngsters think steroid use is acceptable, Carmona believes they

may use the drugs and put themselves at risk for things like organ

failure and cancer.

Meanwhile, Major League Baseball Player’s Union Executive Board began a weeklong meeting in Pheonix today…..And Union Chief Donald Fehr said that they will ‘consider’ whether to agree to more stringent steroid testing in baseball.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has renewed his efforts to have the union adopt the minor league’s zero-tolerance program after revelations printed in the San Francisco Chronicle last week that New York Yankees star Jason Giambi and San Francisco Giants super nova Barry Bonds used illegal steroids.

Yesterday Arizona Senator John McCain said on Fox News Live that he wants immediate action ‘to restore the integrity of baseball’ of the sport would face possible congressional action. (roll tape#1 o.q.� a role to play�)

The New York Times reported today that – despite McCain's statements, there is no apparent groundswell of support in Congress to address the steroid issue. Congress will adjourn in a few days, and when it reconvenes in January, Alaska Republican Senator Ted Stevens, will take over chairmanship of the commerce committee from McCain. It is not clear that baseball's steroid problem will remain a pressing congressional issue then.

But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi from San Francisco said she could support legislation (roll tape#2 o.q. “it’s overdue�)

And Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist told ABC’s George Stephanopholous yesterday he’d rather not have the issue come to Congress, however – (roll tape#1 o.q.�again, I’d much prefer�.

The U.S.Constitution gives Congress the authority to "to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes." But use of that authority to regulate baseball has been subject to varying interpretations. In a 1922 ruling by the Supreme Court, written by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, the court said that baseball was not subject to antitrust laws.

But in a 1972 case, the court found that baseball was involved in interstate commerce, saying, "Professional baseball is a business, and it is engaged in interstate commerce."

Tampa State Representative Bob Henriquez has worked as a football coach for the last 18 years, including the last 5 years at Jefferson. He also would prefer that Congress NOT get involved in this issue (roll tape#4 o.q.� the opportunities are there�)

Anabolic steroids are hormones, and hormones regulate important body functions.They help build muscle tissue and increase body mass by acting like the body’s natural male hormone, testestorone…

Steroids has been a problem in the Olympic Games going back to the 1970’s…….

It’s usage in baseball has apparently becoming a more known factor in the past decade.

Dr. Norm Fost, director of the bioethics program at the university of Wisconsin, told the NY Times yesterday that d he believed steroids should be legalized for adult athletes, saying medical risks are often overstated. ..He says athletes are already allowed to enhance performance by numerous artificial means…

Tampa Representative and Highschool Football Coach Bob Henriquez says he doesn’t believe he’s had any problems with the kids he’s coached using steroids, but says it’s obvious when an athlete is- and it should be up to individual leagues to clean up the problem (roll tape#5 o.q.� policy�)

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