by David P. Greisman - Each new name is no longer a surprise, but rather just another disappointment.
We know that athletes cheat, that so many will do so much to get ahead, to get their bodies to perform at an even higher level, to get more wins and to get more money. We know that seeking shortcuts is too common even outside of the world of sports, that high school and college students will plagiarize and share answers, all because the end result in so many facets of life can become more important than the means by which one arrives there.
But we still expect better. We donít like cheaters, and we particularly donít like it when cheaters prosper. It doesnít matter how common it has become, or how aware we are that the practice is widespread and that the problem will probably always be greater than what we know for certain.
And so the allegations that Yuriorkis Gamboa received performance-enhancing drugs from what was purportedly an anti-aging clinic in Florida did not necessarily surprise us ó not because of the fighter in question, but more due to the fact that the veil has long since been lifted on this less than savory aspect of our often otherwise Sweet Science.
We can recall that heavyweights Evander Holyfield and Jameel McCline were implicated nearly six years ago as being two of several athletes allegedly receiving performance-enhancing drugs from a pharmacy in Florida.
We can recall the positive drug tests that have surfaced with increasingly regularity.
And yet we can recognize that the testing being done for nearly every fight is far from ideal, that boxers and those providing them with performance enhancing drugs are able to exploit large loopholes to beat the tests. [Click Here To Read More