The NFL Warned It's Players Not To Eat Meat In Mexico Or China Because It Might Contain A Banned Substance
Listen, I am not going to be the one to tell the NFL how to conduct it's business. I don't know if you've heard, but they are a pretty successful corporation. Most of the time it's despite their own decision making, but a successful corporation nonetheless. That said, don't they think it might be time to do a little revising to the old banned substances list now that it's gotten to the point where players literally can't even sustain themselves properly when outside the country?
I'm all for fair play, competitive balance, and making sure athletes aren't so juiced up that one hit to a defenseless receiver immediately gives him CTE. I do think it's important that we maintain the integrity of the game, but I don't think we have to turn every vacationer into a vegan to do so. The NFL wants to become an international brand by expanding to London, but it's athletes can't even ingest protein in Mexico or China? I can't say I know all that much about PED's, but are we sure the country where one touch of tap water to your tongue leaves your body more at risk than Chris Bosh is the same place that serves super beef? You ban basic sustenance in the most populated country in the entire world and you start to make the athletes that claim ignorance when they get suspended for the use of random unheard of drugs look pretty innocent. I'm all for holding a player accountable for what he puts in his body, but isn't it overkill to expect them to have a nutritional breakdown of every slab of meat they have south of the border? Are these guys supposed to be football players or pharmacists? Maybe it's not all that bad of an idea to chop this list down to two pages of zero tolerance, because even I'm not sure I haven't unknowingly taken one or two of these hundreds of banned substances over the course of the last 6 hours...