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A better way to treat athletes

An alternative to self-righteous cries for more drug enforcement

Updated: July 22, 2013, 9:55 PM ET
By Gary Hoenig | ESPN.com

Some years ago I attended a writer's conference in Deadwood, S.D., where I was a member of a panel discussing baseball and literature. This was shortly after ESPN The Magazine had published a 16-page report on steroids in baseball, after some of the more embarrassing details of our willful blindness had been revealed. Naturally the talk turned to the subject of PEDs, and when the Q&A part of the hour came round, a young man stepped to the mike and asked, "Can we ever trust baseball again?"

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