Biogenesis Scandal: Miami-Dade High School Athletes Will Be Drug-Tested This Year

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Prosecutors say Tony Bosch has admitted to selling PEDs to at least 18 minors in Dade County.
As teenagers in neon cleats stutter-step between lines of orange cones on the sun-baked grass behind Norland Senior High, coach Daryle Heidelburg punctuates the sweltering afternoon with a booming outburst. "Damian, get on the ground, please!" he hollers to a receiver, who falls at once and starts doing pushups. "First ball they throw to you? Don't go first if you gonna drop it!"

Dominating the horizon just a mile and a half west, Sun Life Stadium looms over the practice like the distant hope of college and pro glory for the few kids big and fast enough to jump from the Norland Vikings to the next level. As South Florida's hothouse high school football season kicks into full swing this week, competition for playing time -- and eventually college scholarships and pro prospects -- has never been tougher.

See also: Tony Bosch and Biogenesis: MLB Steroids Scandal

That's why Coach "Burg" isn't shocked to hear about the mounting evidence that some teens have turned to back-alley steroid clinics like Tony Bosch's infamous Biogenesis operation in Coral Gables for an illicit leg up.

"It's gonna take something catastrophic, something major to happen, to make a difference," Heidelburg says, watching his players nab spiraled balls from the air. "Once a kid passes out or almost dies on the field or something because of the drugs, the first time that happens we'll finally get real change."

But that doesn't mean administrators aren't trying. This morning, Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho announced the district would start a pilot program to test high school athletes for steroids during the upcoming season.

The change comes two days after Bosch and six associates were charged in federal court with illegally distributing steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs to both professional athletes and dozens of minors -- including at least 18 kids in Miami-Dade.

"We're going to sensitize the parents, the students, the coaches to this issue very aggressively," Carvalho tells the Miami Herald.


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Carlos A Salazar
Carlos A Salazar

I don't know where most of you live, it must be Disneyland but I can think of at least 15 people in one particular school who did steroids in their junior-senior years. So I think this makes sense. Also, as someone who goes to the gym 3-5 times a week I can tell you..KID ARE DOING STEROIDS in HS. That shit is wayy too easy to get nowadays and with this fitness craze going on everyone wants to look like a pro, I get offered pro hormones and steroids at the gym at least twice a week and this is usually from 17-20 year old. I will say this though, most of them were not athletes but just kids trying to look good to get girls.

Steven Eysele
Steven Eysele

You will be surprised on how many teens juice.

Julio Diaz
Julio Diaz

Labcorp are thieves. If you don't stop steroids early on in the long term you suffer.

Christopher Leon
Christopher Leon

There are plenty of ways to pass the test even with the use of steroids. This is definitely a waste of money. Spend the money on more important areas.

cargon786
cargon786

Those choosing to risk the health hazards associated with using these harmful, dangerous and illegal substances are making a very dangerous choice. Athletes, whether professional or amateur, are simply cheaters. 

Those found to be dispensing, distributing, selling or manufacturing these illicit drugs, especially to minors, should be arrested and sent to jail. Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) have no place in sports and ruin lives, careers and the game. 

As for Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) conducting random drug screenings for PEDS, this is yet another one of the self-serving superintendent's dog-and-pony shows to garner attention. Carvalho is a media glutton that just goes overboard with trying to be a saint. He is a piece of work and a farce.

MDCPS should stick to academic testing and, if it wants to participate is drug testing, it should test all of its employees that have contact with children for drug use, abuse and misuse. 

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

waste of money, steroid use comes after high school maybe seniors but rare

Clemente Morales
Clemente Morales

Sorry Chris, I think you're only partially correct on that. While I agree that it is a complete waste of money, MDCPS is no where near being one of the worst in the county. As a matter of fact, it's actually the complete opposite. MDCPS was actually awarded the Broad Prize (if you don't know what it is, look it up buddy) in 2012 for some of the highest scores in the nation. We are the fourth largest school district in the nation, and have students who speak 164 (yes, one hundred sixty four) languages, who are currently enrolled in our schools. All of this is accomplished I might add, with a steady decrease in our funding, and an increase in class size. I don't care for the steroid issue either, but let's not compare apples to oranges.

damifino69
damifino69

Better test them GULLIVER and COLUMBUS BOYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   RECRUITS R US !!!!

Marcos Suarez-murias
Marcos Suarez-murias

It won't be kids wanting to use them kids don't really know anything about them it is couches it is parents that push it on them and the kid that does not know better will do what they are told to so I think it is great

Chris S. Kilibarda
Chris S. Kilibarda

Great use of money by one of the worst education system in the US... I mean what percentage of kids would even care enough to use them...

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