SBD/Issue 19/Sports & Society

Musburger Says Steroids Could Be Used In Pro Sports, Blasts Media

Musburger Claims Writers Are In
Too Deep With Steroid Coverage

ESPN announcer Brent Musburger Tuesday while speaking at the Univ. of Montana said steroids "could be used at the professional level ... under the proper care and doctor's advice," according to Kim Briggeman of the MISSOULIAN. Musburger said that anabolic steroids "have no place in high school athletics." But he added, "Here's the truth about steroids: They work." Musburger also said that he "doesn't trust journalists when they talk about steroids." Musburger: "I honestly have thought that the journalism youngsters out there covering sports got too deeply involved in something they didn't know too much about." He added, "They come in with a negative view and they take it from there. ... I've had somebody say that, you know, steroids should be banned because they're not healthy for you. Let's go find out. What do the doctors actually think about anabolic steroids and the use by athletes? Don't have a preconceived notion that this is right or this is wrong" (MISSOULIAN, 10/6).

STANDING BY HIS COMMENTS: Musburger yesterday through an ESPN publicist said that he "stood by the comments he made to the students and that his main point was that 'the issue of steroids belongs in the hands of doctors and not in the hands of a journalist.'" WADA member Gary Wadler said he was "kind of surprised Brent would make that statement." Wadler: "He's categorically wrong, and if he'd like to spend a day in my office, I can show him voluminous literature going back decades about the adverse effects of steroids" (AP, 10/6).

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