Steroid issue not going away
Ct Post, Published: 04:13Â p.m., Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The McMahons would probably prefer to stop talking about steroids. Until they stop making questionable statements that downplay the issue’s significance, that will beÂ impossible.
Linda McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment and currentÂ U.S. SenateÂ candidate, was asked last month about steroids byÂ BusinessWeek magazine. She said: “I still don’t think we know the long-term effects of steroids. They are continuing to study it more and more, but I don’t believe there are a lot of studies out there today that areÂ conclusive.”
A spokesman quickly softened the statement, reiterating the candidate’s stance against illegal drugs. That could have been the end of it, but then came this statement from McMahon’s husband, Vince, in a Hearst Connecticut Newspapers profile this past weekend: “I don’t know there’s really been any great research you can point to that definitely says this is deleterious to your health or in some cases it helps you or whatever. … So I don’t think there’s enough empirical research done, certainly not by theÂ government.”
That would come as news to anyone who has studied the issue. Research has shown heightened risk from steroid abuse of high blood pressure and heart disease. They can cause liver damage. Studies have also shown psychiatric effects, including heightened tendency toward aggression andÂ violence.
McMahon would very much like to put this issue to rest, but only an honest assessment of illegal drugs and their c
ontribution to her family’s business success will allowÂ that.
Continuing to muddy the issue with half-truths and outright falsehoods only serves to keep steroids in theÂ spotlight.