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The paper discusses both the deontological viewpoint that Mr. Rodriguez's use of steroids is not harmful in terms of public safety and so his right to privacy should therefore be respected, as well as the utilitarian viewpoint that the concept of public safety is much wider than simply the physical safety of citizens; it also concerns their psychological well-being, and particularly those of young children. The paper discusses the arguments that by using drugs, Rodriguez is indirectly disadvantaging other players on the field, and the image of the sport itself suffers by means of such actions. This writer reaches the conclusion that Rodriguez should be banned from baseball, since disciplinary action will create a precedent of due punishment for disregarding basic ethics and will show young people that unethical actions have unpleasant consequences. However, the writer asserts that since baseball will suffer a loss from banning Rodriguez permanently, he should be banned only for a limited time.
From the Paper:"In a recent conference with the press (Inman, 2009), Alex, or A-Rod as he has also been dubbed, attempts to explain his behavior on the grounds of youth and stupidity. However, as the author legitimately states, it is difficult to trust the star's sincerity or indeed the validity of his claims. One might ask the question - how long can a person remain "young and stupid" when performance-enhancing drug laws are available worldwide and when continuous highlights of abuse and banning in the press make it an everyday issue. Surely even the young and the ignorant are not so unaware that they would simply take what is offered them without investigating the issue. Apparently this is what Mr. Rodriguez did, according to his own claims.
"From an ethical viewpoint, sports professionals that engage in drug use, such as Mr. Rodriguez, appear to fail in the understanding that they operate among human beings who are affected by their actions. From a deontological viewpoint, however, the claim is often that Mr. Rodriguez's use of steroids is not harmful in terms of public safety, and that his right to privacy in the matter should therefore be respected. This viewpoint holds that Alex should have the right to use steroids if this is what furthers his own career and performance. And indeed, according to his own assertions, this is precisely what he had been doing. A-Rod has a long career that is littered by instances of steroid use, although he is vague about exactly when and where he began this practice. If the privacy viewpoint is indeed valid, Rodriguez should not have been required to display his wrongdoing in front of the press."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Inman, Cam. (2009, Feb 17). Candid Cam: A*Rod, steroids and "My Cousin Vinny". http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?index=0&did=1646806551&SrchMo de=1&sid=21&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1236294835& clientId=29440
- Schneider, Angela J. (2007) Doping in Sport: Global Ethical Issues. Routledge.
Cite this Persuasive Essay:
Ethics of Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports (2012, January 30) Retrieved June 18, 2013, from http://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/ethics-of-performance-enhancing-drugs-in-sports-150245/
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