Thursday, June 07, 2007

Latino players unfairly targeted in steroid probe?

In an article, Ozzie Guillen, manager of the Chicago White Sox, mentions how he thinks Latino players are being unfairly targeted in the steroid probe.

I don't know if he is right or wrong, but what I do know is that Latino players probably have more incentive to use steroids than American players. Let's face it: people in South America and the Caribbean Islands are, on average, worse off than people in the United States. That means more players are probably more willing to take greater risk to achieve the same results because the reward is greater. If they are willing to take greater risk, then it means they are more willing to try steroids even if they are banned or bad for their long-term health. To some people, it may seem that concentrating more on Latino players when it comes to steroids is a form of racial profiling. But one could argue it is really economic profiling.