Tag Archive: drugs


Where to Draw the Baseline

image

image

Derek Anderson had a career that amounted to being a journey man after he suffered multiple knee injuries which limited his potential. Now he’s facing allegations that could limit his freedom. Francois Cunningham an admitted murderer and drug runner is aledging that Anderson was the money man behind the huge drug scheme he worked for under an associate of Andersons’. Cunningham claims that Anderson used his legit NBA income to cover for the drug money. Andersons attorney claims these accusations are false and that Cunningham is only making these claims because Andersons’ name will garner attention. Anderson isn’t the only former. Ball player linked to a drug investigation. Newly named NBA coach Mark Jacksons’ friend Warren Braithwaite is under investigation by the DEA on suspicion for being involved in a marajuana drug ring. Mark has since released a statemnet saying he’s not seen eveidence that Braithwaite is the person police say he is. If anybody would know Braithwaite is head usher at the church where Mark and his wife are pastors. But one thing both these stories have are players who maybe kept ties too close to those linked with trouble. I don’t think Anderson or Mark are involved in any illegal activity, but at what point do you draw the line with old friends that insist on being in the midst of trouble. Too many times we’ve seen people get drawn down because of the company they keep, not knowing when to cut off people who serve no beneficial purpose. Hopefully when the smoke clears both of these men have names cleared and no longer attached to negativity and the focus can go back on what the positive things their involved in.

Advertisements

To think that pro athletes are the only ones taking performance enhancing drugs would be very naïve thinking. So an Elyria High School athletic director has decided to implement a drug testing program for his football team that will screen for recreational and performance drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Mike Wisnor is the athletic director for Elyria Catholic High School and has already ran this program for the soccer last year with the soccer team and the team captain had no problem with even going as far to say that he felt it helped the team. In my opinion, I hate this initiative. It’s discriminatory in every way. Why are only the athletes only expected to not take drugs? What about the kid that doesn’t play sports that takes steroids just to bulk up for the ladies. Or the kids that takes uppers to keep him awake to allow him to stay up all night and still be fresh for class? I completely support promoting a clean athletic program, but not in this manner, and if I was a parent and the school didn’t extend this testing to all students I would send my child to another school. This goes completely against what we fight for as everyday Americans. To be judged and viewed fairly. This however, highlights one particular group and ignores everybody else. Also what about the funding aspect, it can’t be cheap to run these tests, and in an economy where school funds are shrinking, I’m pretty sure there are better ways to spend budget money.  For now Wisnor is saying the money for the testing won’t come out of the students or parents pockets, which leads one to ask, well where will the money come from? Football coach Mike Polevacik has said he’s all in favor of the test and holding his student-athletes to a higher standards; which is great, however, the way these higher standards are being enforced is all bad. If you’re going to drug test student-athletes then drug test all students, just because they play sports doesn’t mean they should be treated differently.

%d bloggers like this: