The speculation of how much influence the drug had in the baseball
world led to a twenty one month investigation of Major League
Baseball, and the resulting report named eighty nine MLB players
who were suspected of using steroids.
Although he has never accepted the allegations, Roger Clemens'
name was stated over 80 times in the Mitchell Report. Even Jose
Canseco names Clemens as a known steroid user in his book, and
the claims have destroyed the career of the once famed Red Sox
and Yankees pitcher. Several charities have removed his sponsorship,
and his Hall of Fame future is jeopardized.
Another victim of Canseco's allegations, Mark McGwire became known to everyone in 1998, when he set the MLB home run record. Although he hasn't admitted to steroid use, he did refuse to answer related questions during his testimony at the House Government Reform Committee. Despite the lack of definitive proof of drug use, McGwire's reputation has suffered immensely, as he received less than a quarter of the popular vote for Hall of Fame Eligibility.
While baseball has seen its share of alleged performance enhancing
drug use, athletes in other sports are just as vulnerable. For
example, two time heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit's life was
ultimately destroyed due to the use of steroids. When the former
ECW, WWE, and WCW wrestler was found dead in a murder-suicide
along with his family, the coroner found elevated levels of testosterone,
thought to be part of a treatment plan treating deficiencies caused
by multiples years of steroid use.
Steroid use is not seen in only male athletes, either. Marion Jones, who is one of the most well-known female track stars, finally admitted to the use of steroids in 2007. She spent most of her career dodging the allegations, especially when her ex-husband tested positive numerous times. After her admission of use, she was stripped of all five Olympic medals and sentenced to prison time and community service.
In the world of professional cycling, Lance Armstrong was a household name. Despite being well respected and decorated, Armstrong spent the second half of his career denying allegations. Finally, in 2013, Armstrong confessed to using banned performance enhancers during all of his seven Tour de France wins. Armstrong's career was ultimately destroyed, and more ramifications of his drug use are yet to be discovered. Armstrong is fighting to avoid paying back millions in prize money that he won during his cycling days.
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