(Image source: Bleacher Report)


BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

The sports world is buzzing after comments made by Chicago Bears’ Brandon Marshall regarding a new performance-enhancing drug... and yes … we’re talking about on-the-field performance. Here’s HLN with Marshall’s comments.

“I've heard of some crazy -- I heard crazy stories, I heard guys using like Viagra, seriously, because the blood is supposed to thin -- I don't know, some crazy stuff.”

But don’t worry... Marshall said he’s blessed with quote “size and smarts” and doesn’t partake. USA Today notes:

“Ignoring the sudden double entendre of his ‘blessed with size’ description and the logistical difficulties that could result from receivers trying to run a fly pattern while under the influence, is it possible that he's actually serious? It appears so.”

CNN spoke with a Bleacher Report Columnist about drug use in the NFL.

ANCHOR: “Is drug use, illegal drug use in the NFL as bad as baseball?”
COLUMNIST:  “It certainly seems that way.”

Suspicions about Viagra enhancing on-field performance aren’t necessarily new. The New York Times published an article in 2008 about Marywood University’s study about whether the pill creates an unfair advantage in dilating an athlete’s blood vessels which increases oxygen-carrying capacity.

“Even if Viagra increases athletic stamina by a small amount, it could have a significant effect on results in sports like distance running, or cycling and Nordic skiing, whose events can be held at altitudes of 6,000 feet or above”

And a writer for SportsGrid sarcastically points out, after recent suspensions for Adderall in NFL players and now the Viagra rumor, this revelation should mean something for the NFL commissioner.

“If Roger Goodell has gleaned anything from this, it’s that all NFL babies are drug-guzzling delinquents. In fact Goodell has already suspended the unborn children of all future NFL players for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, because INTEGRITY and HONOR and CLEANING UP THE GAME.”

Whether or not Viagra is allowed or prohibited on the field, it remains illegal for athletes to use prescription medication not prescribed for them.

Is Viagra an NFL Performance-Enhancing Drug?

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Nov 29, 2012

Is Viagra an NFL Performance-Enhancing Drug?

(Image source: Bleacher Report)


BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

The sports world is buzzing after comments made by Chicago Bears’ Brandon Marshall regarding a new performance-enhancing drug... and yes … we’re talking about on-the-field performance. Here’s HLN with Marshall’s comments.

“I've heard of some crazy -- I heard crazy stories, I heard guys using like Viagra, seriously, because the blood is supposed to thin -- I don't know, some crazy stuff.”

But don’t worry... Marshall said he’s blessed with quote “size and smarts” and doesn’t partake. USA Today notes:

“Ignoring the sudden double entendre of his ‘blessed with size’ description and the logistical difficulties that could result from receivers trying to run a fly pattern while under the influence, is it possible that he's actually serious? It appears so.”

CNN spoke with a Bleacher Report Columnist about drug use in the NFL.

ANCHOR: “Is drug use, illegal drug use in the NFL as bad as baseball?”
COLUMNIST:  “It certainly seems that way.”

Suspicions about Viagra enhancing on-field performance aren’t necessarily new. The New York Times published an article in 2008 about Marywood University’s study about whether the pill creates an unfair advantage in dilating an athlete’s blood vessels which increases oxygen-carrying capacity.

“Even if Viagra increases athletic stamina by a small amount, it could have a significant effect on results in sports like distance running, or cycling and Nordic skiing, whose events can be held at altitudes of 6,000 feet or above”

And a writer for SportsGrid sarcastically points out, after recent suspensions for Adderall in NFL players and now the Viagra rumor, this revelation should mean something for the NFL commissioner.

“If Roger Goodell has gleaned anything from this, it’s that all NFL babies are drug-guzzling delinquents. In fact Goodell has already suspended the unborn children of all future NFL players for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, because INTEGRITY and HONOR and CLEANING UP THE GAME.”

Whether or not Viagra is allowed or prohibited on the field, it remains illegal for athletes to use prescription medication not prescribed for them.

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