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RE: Tyler Hamilton's heavy doping program revealed
I'm not directing this post at anyone in particular... but The thing is you can make a very compelling argument that morally doping isn't wrong. Who do you harm by doping? The only damage you are doing is to yourself and it you do it relatively safely through trained doctors you even minimize that risk. Obviously you indirectly harm your competitors, but not if everyone else does it. If I'm Hamilton and I know everybody on my team dopes, and I know at least 80% of the rest of the teams are doping, and probably more like 95-100% then what's stopping me? If nobody gets hurt by it but you and nearly everyone else is doing it, and you have no chance of being successful without using... well, how badly do you want to win? What are you willing to do? If you knew running 100 miles a week could possible take 10 years off your life but you also knew it would make you 5% faster then how many of you would still do it? Whatever it takes, right? Of course doping is illegal while running 100 mile weeks isn't so that example doesn't hold up too well.
How many of you have cheated on a test and justified it to yourselves? I'd bet my life more than half of you, and guess what it's basically the same thing. When you use sparknotes, look over on someone else's test, write answers on your hands, tell other people from the next section what will be on the test, etc - then you are gaining an edge on your "competitors." You're breaking the rules to gain an advantage just like dopers.
Obviously that doesn't mean we should just ignore doping and I think people like Bonds, McGwire, Palmeiro, Hamilton, etc should face severe consequences. But it is an interesting moral argument and maybe not as black and white as we would like it to be.
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