How is replacing a ligament in your arm with one from your leg OK but treating an injury with HGH not?
— Former major leaguer C.J. Nitkowski, tweeting this morning about why one abnormal body repair technique is OK, but another is not.
Yes, one is against the rules and one is not, but rules aren’t ends. They’re means to encourage and ensure good behavior and/or deter and punish bad behavior. If we were writing the rules from scratch this very day my guess is that people would acknowledge that HGH use under a doctor’s care for injury rehab is absolutely fine. And in any event, less shockingly weird that frankensteining an elbow ligament out of a leg ligament.
We won’t do that, however, because HGH comes in the form of injections and that looks like illicit drug use and so much of our society has been brainwashed by War on Drugs rhetoric that we’d rather just say HGH is bad, mmm-kay, than actually think about it a bit.
Maybe someday we’ll wake up and actually begin to use reason again.