With recent revelations of numerous professional athletes taking drugs, steroids or muscle-enhancement substances, it has changed the Hall of Fame into a potential "Hall of Shame." Normally, I would advocate drug testing of each and every athlete before every game or match. But since some of the dubious enhancement substances aren't detectable via testing, it is impossible to curtail all abuses. Multimillion-dollar salaries and product endorsements have fueled the greed for "better statistics" on the playing field. God-given talents and the appreciation of natural, unfettered human ability have been discarded. Audiences have fueled this unbridled thirst for an "edge."

Athletes need to prove they are clean. It's regrettable to have a "guilty until proven innocent" attitude, but it's a reality in today's sports.

James A. Marples