Pretty much 50% of the country is on Adderall at this point, right? The whole thing with ADD drugs and sports seems backwards to me. Adderall is a great drug for studious college kids to bang out several chapters of cramming in one night, but have you even heard about it’s benefits for dumb children? Dumb kids and poorly-parented inner city kids have been responding off-the-charts to schools pumping their stupid bodies with the stuff. Which is precisely why it doesn’t make sense to restrict it for professional athletes.
What is a pro athlete other than a dumb inner city kid who knows how to use his body really well? I’m not here to use obvious stereotypes and labels but let’s call a spade a spade. Isaac Sopoaga and Vince Young seem like a perfectly nice men but not exactly the type of dudes who are gonna immediately grasp complex offensive and defensive schemes in a classroom. What’s the problem with loading them up with amphetamines and letting science take care of the learning?
Major League Baseball unfairly suspended Chooch for 25 games because of the same dumb drug polities. Hey, MLB, the man has been in America for like a decade and still can’t speak English. Maybe the drugs helped his focus at the plate or perhaps they were helping him use Rosetta Stone at night to improve upon his 20-word postgame interview vocabulary.
Either way — suspensions for a substance the entire country abuses are dumb. Pro athletes are always going to take PEDs because it’s their livelihood. Fans (especially NFL fans) are well aware that our favorite players are loaded up maniacs when they take the field. We don’t care. Chill out.