Steroids and the fears of a new father

By: Jesse Kurtz
By: Jesse Kurtz

Ok...  So my son is barely two-years-old but I am already worried about steroids.

It is obvious we have a major problem in the United States with drug use.  Specifically steroids.  The drugs not only plague Major League Baseball (and other professional sports), they are showcased on our television sets every night, and is scares me to death!

I have to admit, I have never seen more than 2-3 minutes of a WWE wrestling, but I do know it's a joke.  Its fake.  Both the event and its athletes.   On any given night, you can turn on your television set and see a 'roided up, face-painted lunatic making a fool of himself.  Often, the craziness turns deadly outside of the ring.  Last week, WWE wrestler Chris Benoit reportedly murdered his wife and son.  According to authorities, It was not clear what put him into a deadly rage.  OPEN YOUR EYES!  Unfortunately the "sport" of wrestling has turned its back and a deaf ear on the problem for decades and it is now becoming MY problem.

Our kids see these athletes and begin to put unfair and unrealistic expectations upon themselves when they begin to "workout."  The results they want (or think they want) are unattainable.  Due in part because the results are fake.  Some may take the short cut which may eventually turn deadly.  Its a deadly cycle that needs to stop now.

My son is at least 10-years away from touching a weight bench.  But I already worry about the temptations he faces as a future athlete.  Steroids compromise our safety.  Its time to get real about muscles and sport.  Before our reality is forever altered.

Until next time, keep living the dream!

Jesse Kurtz , Sports Anchor/Reporter, KKTV

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  • by Daniel Location: Canon City on Sep 22, 2008 at 06:03 PM
    In regards to your comments about professional wrestling, it may be 'fake' as you choose to put it, but they're still very good athletes who put their own personal health on the line to entertain you. Just because they are impressive physically does not mean all of them do steroids. Granted it has been proven that some of them have, but it's pure ignorance to make such a general assumption based on the fact that a minority were found guilty. And in actuality, it was found that concussions were found to be a more realistic cause of Benoit's actions, not roid rage. do your research before making such a statement next time.
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