Sports And Drugs


Sports And Drugs Essay, Research Paper

?The Sports World Should be Drug Free? This article was derived on the

question: Why the sports world should be drug free? Barry McCaffrey?s answer

to this question is based on a simple assumption that drug usage in sports has a

direct impact on children which will ultimately lead to downfall of sports. The

essay takes on the belief that all or most kids look up to athletes. And if

these athletes do drugs then kids will do drugs. It is directed to the athletes

themselves, coaches, and the parents of all children. McCaffrey states that

after the death of athlete Len Bias, youth cocaine use suddenly dropped (page

1). It seems that this is a safe assumption because after a death of a famous

athlete, people as well as children learn the disastrous effect of drug use. He

also believes that when athletes use drugs and are rewarded for their

athleticism kids get the misimpression that drugs are not dangerous to their

well being, dreams and aspirations (page 1). This essay is compelling and also

logical. We as a culture know that children look up to all athletes. They are

pictured on cereal boxes, sneaker ads, cartoons, etc?. The author makes the

natural assumption that if these athletes use drugs that kids will get the

picture that it is alright for them to use them as well. His argument is very

convincing especially for a parent. He gives evidence that professional

organizations are know getting involved to take a stand against drug usage.

McCaffrey states, ? Eighteen Major League Baseball teams are showing anti-drug

public service announcements in their stadiums at home games. Major league

soccer is sending strong anti-drug messages to its young fans. On October 23rd ,

as part of the Office of Drug Policy?s athletic initiative, the first ever

?National Coachathon Against Drugs? will see coaches across the

nation?from pee wee to the big leagues?starting practices with messages

against drugs? (page 2). The only thing about McCaffrey?s argument is that

he didn?t consider the other side?s point of view. He must of thought they

did not have a relevant case to even consider their view. He did a good job

researching and making a firm strong point.

McCaffrey, Barry R. "The Sports World Should Be Drug Free" St.

Petersburg Times. September 9, 1998. p. 12A

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