[quote]John Romaniello wrote:
according to Better, Faster, Stronger espn special: 85% of juice users are the typical gym rat while 15% are the “elite athlete” out there getting it done. [/quote]
Mehhh…this is sort of a weird argument.
Just because 85% of people who use steroids aren’t professional athletes, doesn’t mean that only 15% of athletes use steroids.
Put another way, the argument that elite athletes make up a relatively small percentage of the steroid-user base has no bearing on any argument that suggests that a significant percentage of athletes use steroids.
The fact is, there are a lot more gym rats than elite athletes.
I don’t think that statement says only 15% of elite athletes use PEDs, but that 15% of PED users are elite athletes. Like you said, though, elite athletes make up less than 15% of the population.
It’s a strange stat anyway. What is their criteria for “elite” anyway? How did they get those numbers?
Like Orion (I think?) said, the “whatever it takes” attitude works in all areas of life, and it’s become a part of our culture. Most people will give you a pass for sacrificing everything for your sport/job/etc. Some even glorify it.
Also, the argument that people shouldn’t be allowed to use PEDs because then other people will need to use them to keep up could just as easily be phrased as some people shouldn’t be allowed to sacrifice family for their sport/job because then other people won’t be allowed to keep up, or some people shouldn’t be allowed to utilize the advantages of their youth because the less well-off won’t be able to keep up etc. We don’t have level playing fields. Life isn’t fair. It’s a personal choice as to where to draw the line and if it’s not worth it to you then you have to be comfortable with that. If it is worth it then you also have to live with the choices you make to put everything else aside.