The sports beat
Every sports fan has seen replays of Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire slamming his 62nd home run, breaking the record for home runs in a single season.
While most fans have celebrated the tremendous record, some sports critics suggest McGwire’s accomplishment is tarnished because he uses androstenedione, a performance-enhancing supplement that raises testosterone. Critics say McGwire didn’t play fair by using the substance, which is illegal to buy in Canada and banned by the NFL, the International Olympic Committee, and American college sports.
McGwire did play fair though. Androstenedione, or andro, is not a banned substance in Major League Baseball. It is available over-the-counter in the United States. McGwire hasn’t broken a single rule by using the supplement. Even if he had, it’s debatable whether andro would help him hit any home runs at all.