Can one athlete ruin the future of a sport? Time and again we've seen male athletes perform horrible acts (Mike Tyson) and yet the sport continued to flourish. The assumption that WMMA may lose what traction it has gained over the past year gives far too much power to one woman. The Cyborg's career may be over, but there are plenty of up-and-coming fighters as well as established champions ready to further their careers.
Personally, I was devastated by the news of Cris's failed test. I've always liked Cris, not just because she is an incredible fighter, but because she seems like such a sweet girl. I find it difficult to pass judgement on her or any other professional athlete who use performance enhancing drugs because I waiver frequently on my feelings for or against them. Before you jump on me, read the following article from the Washington Times on how to handle professional athletes who have tested positive for steroids.
All adults try to enhance their performance in a multitude of ways. We use cars and computers to make our work more efficient. We use caffeine, alcohol and Viagra to improve our performance. We send our children to schools and Suzuki lessons to improve their cognitive and performance skills. We inject them with vaccines to enhance their immune systems.Read the rest: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/oct/18/solutions-fost-professional-athletes-steroids/
Athletes have used performance-enhancing drugs and devices since the beginning of recorded history. Babylonians and Romans used herbs to improve their performance in battle. Naked Greeks put on shoes to run faster. Kenyan runners trained at altitude, and runners everywhere have carbo-loaded to improve their endurance.
None of these activities has been considered immoral or illegal. Why, then, are we re-enacting the Salem Witch Trials with steroids as the witch’s brew? Why are our greatest athletes being threatened with imprisonment for this universal quest to succeed and excel, whether by using drugs, devices or other means?
Until I discover how to approach this topic, I will continue to be said. Sad for WMMA, sad for all the female fighters who have worked so hard to get into the cage. But most of all, I am sad for Cris. Oh, and Yamanaka.