Barry Bonds Essay

285 words - 2 pages

Matt Banary

Barry Bonds Steroid Use

The article that I chose to write about goes in to Barry Bonds and his usage of steroids in the MLB. Barry Bonds started taking steroids in 1998 and continued on doing so throughout his baseball career. Bonds started to get stronger and hot more and more home runs while he was on the use of steroids. He eventually beat Mark McGwire’s single season home run ...view middle of the document...

To make things worse he lied in front of a federal court saying he did not take steroids and that in fact he did take them.

During the year we talked about a topic like this in chapter 6. That performance enhancing drugs has had a long history in the professional sports and that much substance abuse constitutes a form of deviant over-conformity. Deviant over-conformity consists of subnormal ideas, traits, and actions that indicate an uncritical acceptance of norms and a failure to recognize any limits to following norms (ch.6 pg. 159). Barry Bonds taking performance enhancing drugs is a good example of this because he was unable to accept the norms and limits for taking performance enhancing drugs. He did not care that it was illegal as long as he was one of the best and he continued to play in the game he loved. Ironically I believe that steroids were a good reason why he retired early because of all the scrutiny that he received for trying to get away with taking illegal performance enhancing drugs.

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