My rage over 'roids

JODY VANCE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 6:23 AM ET

Kids, if you are looking for some extra muscle -- do yourself a favour and stick to the high-protein, low-fat diet with a good dose of the gym and step away from the steroids your "heroes" continue to promote seemingly without consequence.

With the utmost sympathy and respect for the extended family and friends of Chris Benoit, both here in Canada and in the U.S., enough is enough with the WWE and its policy that anything goes "in the name of entertainment." This organization needs to take responsibility for the fallout from the drugs that create the muscle-bound physiques it promotes as its "superstars."

If anyone was surprised by the tragic events last weekend when Edmonton native Benoit, his wife and seven-year-old son were found dead in their suburban Atlanta home -- look no further than his steroid use for the answer.

You may have guessed by now that I'm not a fan of pro wrestling.

Honestly, the WWE is no more a sport than "The Young and the Restless" or "Desperate Housewives." It boggles my mind how this odd form of entertainment garners such a great amount of attention from its fans, most of them kids, not to mention how it earns an insane amount of money for the man at the helm, Vince McMahon.

The ugly underbelly of the WWE is not its scripted story-lines but rather the widespread use of steroids destroying people in droves in this world of "sports entertainment."

Just do the math on the toll it has taken in recent years on the actors who take to the ring. In the last 15 years, 20 professional wrestlers have died from either heart-related or drug-related causes. What's worse is that it's a well-documented fact that when a user stops taking the drugs he or she suffers from deep depression that can lead to tragedy.

It is a no-brainer that a line needs to be drawn directly from last weekend's tragic deaths to the abuse of anabolic steroids -- authorities even found Benoit's stash at the crime scene.

It's time for the punishment to fit the crime when it comes to steroid use and maybe, just maybe, fewer innocents will fall victim.

Every now and then a girl has to vent and today is one of those days.

Jody Vance is a sportscaster with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.


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