Professional Athletes Must Now Know How to Pass A Drug Test
According to USA Today, from the Tour de France to the Super Bowl and the Olympics, pro-athletes must know how to pass a drug test because being the best is not good enough anymore.
It’s no secret that dozens of professional athletes have been caught in the mix-up of performance-enhancing drugs as of late, not the least of which has been Lance Armstrong. But we have to ask ourselves, how many drug tests were these athletes able to pass before getting caught after years of using performance-enhancing drugs?
According to ESPN online, Lance Armstrong was able to win more than a half a dozen Tour de France jaunts, and even then, it wasn’t until he was essentially retired that his crown was called into question.
In even more recent history, Super Bowl winning team player Ray Lewis was accused of using deer antler juice to perform better, and journalists from CNN, SportsCenter, CBS, and more noted across the world that the little-known substance has the ability to heal wounds.
"So what’s wrong with healing wounds with a little antler juice? After all, if we eat meat, or rub bacon grease on a wound, that wouldn’t be considered cheating, so why all the hubbub?” asks Dave Dawkins, of PassADrugTest.com
Mostly, the issue is that the public wants to believe that the athletes they have come to adore could pass any drug test. Dawkins continues: “We want to believe that the people we spend our Sunday afternoons and Monday nights watching on television are superheroes, that the people who bring home Olympic gold for our country are naturally amazing, prodigal, and unquestionably symbolic of the higher echelon of excellence we’d like to be known for as a nation. But who among us can even pass a drug test for work without the help of a body detox kit? The numbers would likely astonish us—we think we’re alone as we do late-night Google searches for ’how to pass a drug test’ but we’re not. And neither are pro-athletes, as it turns out.”
For athletes, being the best is not enough these days. To keep the competitive edge, as Lance Armstrong discussed in an interview with Oprah on the OWN network, there is intense pressure to continually be able to do better than before, even when you were the best. Dawkins adds: “When it comes to being able to pass a random drug test for an office job, the same is true—because failing a drug test for everyday people doesn’t mean losing a medal, it means losing our jobs.”
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