Culture Wars/Current Controversies

There’s Nothing Wrong With ‘Doping’

By Samuel Goldman

The last few weeks have seen a number of events related to the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports.

First, the Baseball Writers Association of America refused to elect any players to the Hall of Fame for 2013, in what was generally understood as a rejection of the 1990s juiceball era. Then, Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah that “I doped during all seven Tour [de France] wins.” Although neither the baseball writers’ rejection of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens nor Armstrong’s mea culpa was much of a surprise, it’s been a pretty dispiriting month for fans.

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