The man who’s never afraid to drop not-so-subtle gambling knowledge in the games he calls has decided to share his thoughts on another questionable sports topic.
On Tuesday, ABC/ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger spoke to journalism students at the University Montana and tackled the topic of steroids. While he dismissed the idea of using them at the high school level, he opened up a potential world of hurt by saying they could be used at a professional level under the proper supervision.
“Here’s the truth about steroids,” he said. “They work.”
He went on to blame the negative connotation and stories about steroids on inexperienced journalists who are uninformed on the subject.
“I’ve had somebody say that, you know, steroids should be banned because they’re not healthy for you,” Brent offered. “Let’s go find out. What do the doctors actually think about anabolic steroids and the use by athletes? Don’t have a preconceived notion that this is right or this is wrong.”
Although I understand where Brent was attempting to go with this discussion, he’s simply not in a position to do so, and he’s not going to win this battle. He announces college football/basketball games and certainly can’t put any credible backing to his statements. On top of that, I would have to imagine that Disney will have words with Brent that will likely result in words back to us.
While Brent’s experience in sports and the media give him unquestioned credibility in what he does, the man is not a chemist and in a way represents a different kind of uneducated steroid source. My advice to Brent is to stick to what he does best - announcing games and sneaking in mentions of point spreads and totals to America without most even blinking an eye.