Don’t you just love lawyers and the way they can use language to make things seem like they’re something they’re not? Clearly, the University of Miami has some quality lawyers and public relations people.
As the ever-widening scandal involving the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and an “anti-aging” clinic called Biogenesis of America LLC makes Miami and its alumni look worse and worse, the university put out a statement and a statistic. The statement was pretty boilerplate, stating the Hurricanes’ drug-testing program was on par with most other universities and professional leagues.
The statistic, however, is where things get PED-y. The university stated that none of the past 10,000 tests performed on its athletes had come up positive for anabolic steroids. Well done, University of Miami, because that statement is utterly, completely worthless.
Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Gio Gonzalez, and others are accused of purchasing and using performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis of America. The company now appears to have strong ties to the Hurricanes’ strength coach, Jimmy Goins, as well.
Anabolic steroids are not among the drugs usually listed as having been bought from Biogenesis of America by anyone. Sure, some one could have, but the scandal involving athletes is about HGH (and some designer steroids that are made to avoid positive tests). All Miami could say in its statement is that it doesn’t test for HGH just like most professional leagues.
Clearly this clinic in Miami is one of the resources for athletes looking to get PED’s. And while the PED fears have always mainly stayed focused on professional leagues, it makes perfect sense that college (and maybe even high school) athletes would become interested and begin using them as well. Pros aren’t the only ones with millions of dollars on the line when it comes to major-money sports.
Miami’s non-denial denial of PED use among its athletes isn’t necessarily proof that they know anything, but it does show that college sports are starting to see a problem they probably didn’t want to admit was there. Miami has been linked to this Biogenesis place. Alabama, the winners of the BCS National Championship, has been linked to SWATS, the place that gave Ray Lewis his deer antler spray (and allegedly HGH and some other drugs too).
This means that major college sports could be just as dirty as their professional counterparts and are making ridiculous profits off of these athletes who feel the only way to make money playing the sport they love is to cheat.
Between gun culture issues and the way our professional sports are going, there’s a lot of soul searching on the horizon for us here in America.