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Quote of the Day: C.J. Nitkowski on HGH and Tommy John surgery

Sep 15, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

No one ever stops to think about how unnatural and performance-enhancing Tommy John surgery is.

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.

  1. Kevin S. - Sep 15, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Well, and the fact that HGH doesn’t really help athletic men in their twenties and thirties.

  2. SadPandaRevolt - Sep 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    “Drugs are bad mmmkay, if you do drugs you’re bad.”
    “Yes Mr. Macky”

  3. Secretary Cleary - Sep 16, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    So is CJ sorta saying that maybe he dabbled from time to time in the in sauce? Hey, whatever it takes to stay in the show.

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