Sen. Speier Continues Fight Against Drugs In Sports

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, March 17, 2005

The California legislature's leading opponent of performance enhancing drugs brought Sacramento area high school athletes into her office to watch congressional hearings on steroid use in major league baseball.

David Vasquez, a soccer playing senior at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento, said some kids are tempted.

"People, they just, they want that fame.  They want that starting role. They want the scouts coming. But aw, like that's good, you know, they don't care what it takes, they just want it."

Democratic state Senator Jackie Speier said she hoped star athletes who have used steroids will admit their use and apologize.

"That's the kind of role model we need.  And there's no better person in this country to be that role model, but our governor.  And I wanta see him say those words."

Speier has reintroduced a bill that would train coaches to watch for steroid and other illegal supplement use.  Governor Schwarzenegger last year vetoed a similar bill authored by Speier.