So you’ve heard me moan and groan about HGH on the WCB from time to time, but I still get the feeling the general population thinks our athletes are cleaner than ever today thanks to a renewed interest in steroid testing.
The three major sports leagues still don’t test for Human Growth Hormone, which is arguably the most abused performance enhancer today given many have agreed the side effects aren’t as bad as everyone initially thought.
But as far as the big three major sports leagues, don’t count on it. Everything from privacy to cost have been cited as reasons major leaguers won’t be tested, which is a bunch of crap because of the amount of money and public exposure these guys get. The least they could do for their fans is prove that they’re clean.
That said, here’s the list of the Top 10 Athletes who I’d like to see surrender to HGH tests (I only picked active athletes who have not been linked to performance enhancers … yet):
1. LeBron James â€“ Yep, I said it, the chosen one. “But he’s always been huge, BSlim,” you say. And I say he’s always been on HGH. A guy his size can’t do what he does without some help. You saw him in high school. Guys can’t do that kind of stuff as teenagers.
2. Dwight Howard â€“ Same thing. Have you seen the guy’s shoulders?
3. Kobe Bryant â€“ Kobe would be stupid to be on HGH nowadays. He doesn’t need it, and he’s also not as big as he once was: but it would’ve been interesting to test him in 2006 when he dropped 81 points on the Raptors â€“ you know, the same season a 200-pound Kobe came into the year “bulked” up to 220+ pounds. Hmmmm.
4. Tiger Woods â€“ A golfer, on HGH? Well, is anyone as ripped or hit the ball farther than Tiger?: Not that Tiger is one to cheat.
5. Albert Pujols â€“ Like LeBron, he’s always been big. But like many Dominican players out there, there’s always a question. Just ask Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez.
6. Brett Favre â€“ Oh no, I went there. Roger Clemens was on it at this age. I see a lot of correlation there.
7. Serena Williams â€“ Gotta throw one woman under the bus. Serena’s a big girl, and a girl that big shouldn’t be able to move like she does on the tennis court. … Don’t hurt me Serena!
8. Terrell Owens â€“ Not that we’d want to see Mr. Nice Guy get hit with a suspension, but when the dude called out Rodney Harrison for steroid use, part of me wondered if he should be doing such a thing. Not to question TO’s integrity, ability to bounce back from injuries quicker than humanly possible (Super Bowl XXXIX) or suicidal tendencies tied to drug use, but really?
9. Lance Armstrong â€“ It’s too late now, but what if Mr. America was in fact Mr. Cheat as the Frenchies claim? Would we care, or does he get a pass because he had cancer, and rides a bike? Say nope to dope y’all.
10. Everyone else. I tried to think of a 10th athlete, but there are still too many to list.
But don’t take my word on it. Listen to the players themselves.
Like Jon Jansen of the Washington Redskins, who told HBO Real Sports last year that 15-20 percent of the league was on HGH. During that same Real Sports segment, former defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield said the number was as high as 30 percent.
In December, Tampa Bay running back Earnest Graham agreed with Stubblefield, saying he thought one-in-three players were using HGH.
Heck, if that number’s true, one of us WCBias contributors is definitely on the stuff. This 650-word blog post at 2:35 a.m. probably doesn’t speak well for my ‘roidability. So I’m out. Gotta get down to TJ and get some more juice. Stay ripped on the strip!