5 Athletes Caught Using Steroids
Five athletes who were caught using steroids brought shame and humiliation upon themselves and the sports they represented and at one time dominated. Cheating has always been looked down upon, and these five athletes used steroids as a shortcut for instant fame and success. These five athletes denied allegations of using steroids until evidence and witnesses proved otherwise later on, and showed how prevalent performance enhancing drugs were in sports. Here are the five athletes caught using steroids:
- Marion Jones. A famous Olympic track runner admitted to using steroids since 1999 to compete for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She pleaded guilty to two counts for lying to federal authorities about the allegations and was sentenced to six months in prison.
- Rafael Palmeiro. The Cuban-born baseball player testified in front of Congress on March 17, 2005 that he did not take any steroids during his career. A test proved otherwise which led to a suspension that same year after his testimony.
- Lyle Alzado. A professional football player was one of the first major athletes to admit to repeated steroid use throughout his bruising career as a defensive lineman. He died of a brain tumor at the age of 43 to which he attributed to long-term steroid abuse.
- Hulk Hogan. A legend of the squared circle and the sport of professional wrestling testified in federal court of his and others in the industry of wide spread steroid use. The 1994 trail was against his former employer, Vincent K. McMahon, of providing steroids to his employees in order to enhance their bodies and appearance for profit.
- Jose Canseco. The infamous baseball whistle-blower confessed in his book "Juiced" and in a "60 Minutes" TV interview as well as admitted to other players' steroid use. This led to the disgrace of Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and a new substance abuse policy in Major League Baseball which had fans and reporters alike refer to that period as the "Steroids Era."