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Originally Posted by mprelaw
There isn't a sport anywhere that bans someone for life for the first doping offense, as far as I know. In the NFL, for example, it's a whopping 4 games. Zero tolerance sounds fine in theory, but it can lead to injustices in certain situations. There is such a thing as accidental ingestion. Athletes are still responsible for what they ingest, but the circumstances can differ. Certain banned substances---like albuterol---are legal to use under a certain daily dosage limit. Would you ban someone for life if they test at a miniscule level over that limit? In that case, you'd likely get disqualified from the event, but not even suspended.
I signed in just to include this part, to the above post, when professional athletes test positive and do other things (like creating and maintaining a PED<s> operation, threaten other professional athletes and recruiting other professional and non-professional athletes to the same PED<s> operation- NOT ALL ACCUSED TO HAVE BEEN DONE BY LANCE ARMSTRONG, BUT ALSO BY A ROD, THEY ARE IN THE SAME CATEGORY FOR ME). Some of those things are a lot worse than just one-time testing positive. If a professional athlete(s) do both or do more than two of them, then I assume you would agree they should face more than just one-time testing positive. That is of course if all of it can be proved; I remember that I was one of very few I knew who was on Lance Armstrong's side right up until he admitted to wrong doing, on the TV show. If Lance Armstrong admits to doing more than three-things wrong (like 4-positive tests or combination) then he should be banned and stripped, forever.
Last edited by GreatWhiteShark; 08-16-13 at 05:37 PM.
Reason: Added not just posting about Lance Armstrong