Drug addiction does not discriminate and that is certainly the case when we start to find drugs in sports from professional athletes. It can affect anybody, including these top athletes like the NFL’s Denver Broncos star Wes Welker and former member of Arizona Cardinals Max Hall. Both of these well-known team players found trouble with the law concerning drugs most recently.
NFL Players Abusing Drugs In Sports
The National Football League (NFL) has very strict rules regarding drugs, whether it is for performance enhancement or recreational use, so action was taken when Wes Welker tested positive for amphetamines, as reported last Tuesday night. As a consequence, the star receiver was penalized with a four game suspension. This will ultimately result in a bit of a financial dampening for Welker, considering the suspension translates into a rough $706,000 cut from his base pay from the league. Looking back at his remarkable play history, Welker has had quite the impact for playing an excellent offense when he played with the New England Patriots in 2007, and during a game as part of current Broncos team last year in 2013. All that hard work was thought to be well-earned, but now fans are beginning to question if he has been taking amphetamines as a crutch for performance enhancement. “I would NEVER knowingly take a substance to gain a competitive advantage in any way,” Welker was quick to respond to the Denver Post. “Anyone who has ever played a down with me, lifted a weight with me, even eaten a meal with me, knows that I focus purely on what I put in my body and on the hard work I put in year-round to perform at the highest levels year-in and year-out. There are NO shortcuts to success, and nothing but hard work and studying, leads to success.” The offensive player has been reported to make statements that deny such drug use, despite his four-game suspension being confirmed for a positive drug screening for amphetamines. If Welker is abusing drugs, this may showcase how prevalent drugs in sports truly is and how much denial can play a role in preventing someone from getting help.
Also in the news this week, Max Hall landed himself in some trouble with the law for theft and drug possession. The former Brigham Young (BYU) quarterback was arrested on Friday, August 30, when police were called to a Best Buy in Gilbert, AZ in the early afternoon and found Hall in possession of multiple stolen electronic items. He was apologetic, stating, “I’m really sorry. I’ll pay for the stuff. If I get arrested, I’ll get fired. I’ve never done this before.” Shortly after police had arrived and Hall was searched, a small amount of cocaine was found on him. In addition to the cocaine, drug paraphernalia that included a needle, spoon, and lighter was also discovered. This and the marks on his arm helped officials determine that the former NFL star had injected himself with the drug earlier that day. Although Hall has been unsigned for years, he has maintained his commitment as head coordinator of Gilbert High School’s football team. It’s a wonder if he turned to cocaine as a method to increasing his athletic skill or ability to keep energized throughout the day. This is another prime example of how drugs in sports is an emerging epidemic, and although there are supposed strict regulations, athletes are still finding ways to get around the systems to abuse their drugs. This can be extremely dangerous because this can lead to excessive use, which can ultimately turn into a habit and spiral into an addiction.
Drugs in sports is an ongoing issue as many athletes end up penalized for going against the drug regulations that they signed up to abide by. Whether it is to be the best player on the field or focus more on the game, abusing drugs can be an unfair advantage, in addition to detrimental to your health and posing the risk for addiction. This is why it is frightening to hear that the NFL is considering changing their policies, ultimately making it so that certain substances won’t trigger suspensions for a first time offense, like in Walker’s case. But what does this policy do for the player, other than enable them to keep using the drug until they get caught? It’s as though the NFL is giving out a free pass to go against the policy as long as it is just once. This could prove harmful to the athletes, because without a consequence, why would they stop using? Drug abuse and addiction is not something that should be taken lightly. Illegal and abusive drugs in sports should not be allowed, period.
If you or someone you know is struggling with drug abuse issues, call The Watershed for help today at 1-800-861-1768. A life in recovery is possible without the use of drugs.Tags: Drug Use in Sports, Sports Addicts, Sports Drugs