Banned for Life Essay

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Banned for Life On October 14, 2012, Pro Bowl middle linebacker Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens suffered a complete tear of his triceps muscle and was believed to be out for the season. When NFL players Bertrand Berry and Ty Warren suffered the same injury, it took them six months to recover. However, Ray Lewis returned to action a little over two months later. A recovery so fast for a triceps tear is unheard of. Bill Simmons, who is a sports writer for ESPN since 2001 and currently writes and is editor-in-chief for, a website owned by ESPN, first brought Ray Lewis’s story up in his article “Daring to Ask the PED Question”. In the third month after his “season ending” injury, Ray Lewis made 17 tackles in an overtime playoff football game in Denver at age 37 in thirteen degree weather (Simmons). How is this possible? Lewis probably used Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) to make a miraculously speedy recovery. However, there is no evidence of my claim. That is why all major professional sports should have blood testing for PED use and if caught, receive a lifetime ban from their sport. Many would argue that giving a player a lifetime ban for their first offense of PED use is too severe of a punishment. I could not disagree more. Yes, a lifetime ban is a harsh punishment but, if professional sports are going to rid themselves of PED abuse then that is what needs to happen. In the article “Historical Timeline – Sports and Drugs” found on, which is a non profit, non partisan website that presents the pros and cons of controversial issues, it is stated that in Major League Baseball, under the current rules, if a player is tested and caught using banned substances they receive a 50 game suspension for the first offense, 100 games for the second, and a lifetime ban for the third offense (“Historical”). I understand baseball implementing the

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