Monday, November 21st, 2011 at 1:35 pm  |  34 responses

Joakim Noah’s Dad Wants Doping in Sports to Be Legalized

Yannick Noah, the famous tennis star from the 1980s (and of course, Joakim’s pops), tells the French media that the best way to combat sports doping, is to legalize the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Perfect. From the Chicago Tribune: “Former French tennis star Yannick Noah, and the father of Bulls center Joakim Noah, has been criticized by France’s sports minister after saying the best way to combat doping in sport was to legalize the use of drugs. Noah, who appeared to accuse Spanish athletes in particular of using ‘magic potions,’ told the French newspaper Le Monde on Saturday that a radical rethink was needed. ‘Let’s stop the hypocrisy. The best attitude to adopt is to accept doping. Then everyone will have the magic potion,’ the 1983 French Open winner said.”

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  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com OTB

    That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    uh oh. Joakim prolly was complainin to his dad about pot & off-season drug testing, so pops went out and focused on the bigger issue. “Don’t worry Jo, after my comments, pot won’t even matter”

  • EarthJuice

    I don’t know how many of you were around to watch the East German “women” atheletes competing in the Olympics back in the 70′s and 80′s. They were hulks with massive shoulders, arms, with manly faces and facial hair. Steroids gone wild.

    This is what awaits us if it’s open season on PED’s. I know this is just an uniformed comment from Mr. Noah and that it will never happen, but the prospect of going back to those dark days makes me cringe.

  • John Starks

    @ OTB. Fight Club?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    How is that stupid? The man was just voicing his opinion and as a former star athlete, I believe he has every right to do so.

  • http://hoopism.com airs

    yeah, that was stupid.
    and thats surprising coming from one thats so anti-pacquiao, jt.

  • bike

    What he is saying has merit in some sports like cycling.

  • Enigmatic


  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    @bike you are right, that’s it. he’s talking about sports like cycling where guys ride 3.000 km in 22 days going through some huge mountains. I don’t like the idea though, it sends a bad message for society imo.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    He actually meant to say legalize it!

  • http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/steve_aschburner/10/27/lockout-q-and-a-kevin-murphy/index.html Allenp

    The biggest problem with allowing doping is how it impacts a sport’s history.
    How can you compare the past to the present? Of course, athletes in the past had their own issues, but still…
    I think testing is the smart way to go. Better testing would be even smarter.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Cosign that. Especially sports like baseball, where some records before PED’s are almost irrelevant to the one’s after.

  • Brahsef

    Steroids are terrible, but honestly I could possibly see hgh being allowed at some point. It doesn’t have the nasty side effects that steroids possess, but there still needs to be way more testing before that should be considered.

  • http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/steve_aschburner/10/27/lockout-q-and-a-kevin-murphy/index.html Allenp

    Well the flip side is that many of baseball most hallowed records were set before they even allowed black folks to play OR when there were strict quotas on the number of black folks allowed.
    So how “real” are those records?



  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Most of the current MLB records (other than pitching totals) are from post that era. But your completely right. There is little validity to any record

  • Joakim

    Dad! Shhhh….

  • G-wiz

    Let’s legalise all drugs. That would do the world a lot more good than it would harm. Freedom of choice. Look at the state of the economies around the world … Taxes could be implemented on all drugs. Violence around the world will drop becos of drug wars … Stupid Reagan

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Records are only relevant in the era in which they were set. There is so much more training and technology in equipment used today. You have computers that optimize the athletes motion in a way that has never been analyzed before. Comparisons really just aren’t fair. For example, I saw the actual pair of shoes Jesse Owens wore when he set the record, they are so big and heavy compared to what any sprinter in todays time would wear. Many of his records seem somewhat ‘average’ for a sprinter today. Medical technology and rules have also just changed the way sports are played from the 3 pt line/hand checking in the NBA, uncessary roughness calls in NFL, relief pitchers in MLB etc. I think it was Arnold Schwarteneger (sp?) who said that he thought steroids and doping are o.k. and safe under a doctors supervision and the real problem is all the athletes buying stuff from Mexico and injectng themselves not knowing what they are doing. If we “know” that a lot of athletes are and will dope (they always come up with a way to do so that current test can detect), then maybe there is some legit reason to let doping happen in such a way that any athlete can do so and it levels the playing field. I’m not really an advocate for this and would hate to have my son/daughter start doping, but I also want to watch sports and feel somewhat comfortable that it’s fair competition. I just always keep in mind that rules and technology etc. have changes so mucht that to compare one generation of athlete to another is just not real. I actually wonder sometimes if athletes like Jim Thorpe or Jesse Owens had the same advantages and opportunities of science, how they would have performed.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Regulated use of steroids for injury recovery shouldn’t be that big a deal provided testing could be made reliable.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @G-Wiz: Yeah, because wars don’t start over legalised commodities like oil, land, labour, gold or food.

  • G-wiz

    @Ugh … Now we come to the argument about demand and supply. That’s why the war rages on.

  • http://slamonline.com NBAHOFer

    Joakim is a beast during the season that likes to smoke pot in the offseason. He’s good enough to pull it off

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The problem is that people wouldn’t just stick with the legal approved PEDs. They would try new stuff to get an edge.
    The other drug issue has the same problem. Legalization means taxation. And permits and standards. Some people will want to avoid that extra hassle and cost and a new black market is born.

  • http://knicks.com Gametimeweezy

    ever notice when they drink from cups that dont say Gatorade on them, the styrofoam ones, whats REALLY in those?

  • http://www.novalight-imaging.com novamike

    Well, if every athlete was doping, then it’s true no one would have an advantage. If all the NL pitchers were doping when Bonds was playing, he’d probably have hit 150-200 fewer HRs.

    I’m not saying PEDs are a good thing, they’re dangerous. But if the genie is out of the bottle and can’t be adaquately contained, maybe the genie should just be out for everyone.

    Noah’s opinion might be unpopular with most, but that doesn’t make him stupid.

  • Galagu

    cocaine is a helluva drug.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign G-Wiz, to an extent.
    @ Ugh: I think he meant more along the lines of the US domestic War on Drugs–not an actual “war” between nations. Illegal drugs give way to drug cartels that really inflict a lot of damage on their local populations–take a look at Mexico. Then you have Americans in prison for life because they were caught with drugs 3 times… The War on Drugs and other forms of substance prohibition simply don’t work. And really aren’t meant to, either.
    (that’s a different discussion than PEDs in sports, though).

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Baseball is a bit tricky because PEDs are already so prevalent while leagues/fans continue to pretend they don’t exist.

  • c.a.

    Legalised to what level? Hell, the NBA has High School phenoms touted for the league from the age of 16. They going to have to prove their NBA worth by starting doping at 16, when their body is still developing? And if they don’t dope, and an age limit is put in place, how are NBA teams meant to know what kind of potential player they are, and how their body will react to the drugs?
    Also, is it not just human nature that even if everyone takes PED’s, the super strong will remain stronger than the plain strong. Bodies will recover faster, but some will recover faster than others. Some people will react better to the PED than others. It is called genetics, and human nature, the fittest will always be better than the others, it is natural selection.

    Can you imagine that in 2054 “NBA Shock, plyaer reveals he set records and WAS NOT using PED’s….”

  • http://360special.blogspot.com/ dev0

    legalize it!

  • Yesse

    He just wants his son to be able to perform better. Anyways i’m glad it’s not legal and i hope it never will be.

  • robb

    c’mon, leave that to those baseball bums

  • http://knicks.com Gametimeweezy

    legalize marajuana in sports! marcus camby would love that