By Michael Walters
The issue of professional athletes using banned substances has been a recent topic again in the news lately. Anaheim Ducks Shawn Horcoff is finishing his 20 game ban tonight as the Ducks take on the Colorado Avalanche. Today it was announced that Arizona Coyotes Jarred Tinordi has also been suspended 20 games for violating the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substance Program.
And the NHL isn’t alone, as this past week Tennis star Maria Sharapova tested positive for a banned substance. A few years ago professional cyclist Lance Armstrong tested positive causing much fallout for the athlete. And of course no one can forget the number of Major League Baseball players who were under investigation for similar practices.
Recently Teemu Selanne weighed in on the situation on his own blog:
“Recent doping news have been depressing, when the athletes testing positive are big names and have used the same drug, which was banned a couple of months ago. Every failed doping test has to be taken seriously and it should be remembered that it’s the athlete him or herself who’s responsible for everything they eat, drink or inject into their bodies. Blaming others or claiming ignorance doesn’t help.
The battle against doping is long and hard. You have to wonder whether using illegal drugs is a threat or an opportunity for the athlete. I think the only way that would make athletes think long and hard about using banned substances is an automatic life-time ban for serious doping offences. I’m sure that would at least make a person stop and think whether it’s a chance worth taking.”
Selanne will hit the ice one more time in the NHL Heritage Classic next October in Winnipeg. He retired at the end of the 2013-14 season as a member of the Anaheim Ducks.
If you want to read his entire blog referenced in this article, then visit: Ban Dopers For Life?
What do you think about a life-time ban for athletes that test positive?
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