Testimony On Illicit Steroid Use in Baseball
"Twenty short months ago our youngest son,
his own life. He was two weeks away from beginning his senior year in high
"Taylor would have been a starting
pitcher on his varsity baseball team. But during the fall of his junior year,
his JV coach told this 6'3, 175 pound young man that he needed to get bigger in order
to improve his chances of making the varsity team."
"Taylor resorted to using
anabolic steroids to help him achieve his
objective. And...I am absolutely convinced that Taylor's secret use of anabolic
steroids played a significant role in causing the depression -- the severe
depression -- that resulted in his suicide."
"In some parts of the country
studies show that the usage amongst high school junior and senior males is as
high as 11 to 12 percent."
"I believe that the poor example
being set by professional athletes is a major catalyst fueling the high usage of
steroids amongst our kids. Our kids look up to these guys. They want to do the
things the pros do to be successful. And with this in mind I have several
messages for the professional athletes."
"First...if you haven't figured it
out yet, let me break the news to you that whether you like it or not -- you are
role models. And parents across America should hold you accountable for behavior
that inspires our kids to do things that put their health at risk."
"Second, our kids know that the use
of anabolic steroids is high amongst professional athletes...Our youngsters hear
the message loud and clear: 'If you would want to achieve your goal, it's okay
to use steroids to get you there because the pros are doing it.'"
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