Clint Faught, the THF’s educational program manager, talked during the keystone presentation about how American culture has evolved to embrace steroid-fueled body types. The Batman of the ’60s TV show, he explained, looks nothing like the ripped superhero of today’s comics and cartoons.
...McNamee said two MLB general managers once told him, “We don’t care what they (players) take as long as it doesn’t come back to us.” While he didn’t identify the GMs during Thursday’s presentation, he told congressional investigators in 2008 that the executives were Yankee general manager Brian Cashman and former Toronto GM Gord Ash, now an assistant general manager with the Milwaukee Brewers. He said Thursday that the same attitude is pervasive in youth sports.
McNamee said schools should test their athletes’ urine for steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, although he later acknowledged the cost could be prohibitive. He also said that schools should offer classes that address the ethical questions raised by performance-enhancing drugs: Is it OK to risk long-term health for short-term goals? Is it OK to use PEDs if your competitors use them?
“Steroids are the elephant in the room,” McNamee said. “Nobody wants to talk about them.”