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Recovering from injury quicker is cheating. Pettitte and Vina should not be let off the hook

Let me give you a "what if". What if there was something unnatural that allowed a boxer to recover from injuries in such a fashion as to be back at 100%, not from one match to the next, but from one round to the next? The end of round three rolls around. Before round four, the boxer is injected with something and, lo and behold, the injuries have miraculously disappeared, and that fighter can continue in tip-top shape in the next round.

Is that an unfair advantage?

Let me give you another "what if". What if there was something unnatural a Tour De France cyclist could do so that he wasn't as tired from one stage to the next and his muscles could recover that much quicker so that he's as close to 100% every single day of the race.

That sounds a lot like an unfair advantage.

Pettitte and Vina are trying to make it sound like they were being so unselfish for taking performance enhancers. They were doing it so they could get back to playing quicker after injury. As if injury were an unnatural thing and therefore they should be allowed to do something unnatural. They were doing it for their team, therefore, they aren't as bad as people doing it to hit more home runs.

I call hogwash.

The morals of the story.

  1. Even if you were just trying to recover from an injury quicker, you were still cheating.

  2. Gaining an unfair advantage for your team is still gaining an unfair advantage.
I've lost that much more respect for Vina and Pettitte for attempting to paint it any other way.