Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban raised a couple of interesting points during a Monday interview with TMZ Sports.
With Al Jazeera reporting that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had HGH shipments sent to his home in his wife’s name to help him recover from neck surgery, Cuban raised the question of whether or not HGH is really that bad for an athlete.
TMZ asked Cuban if it can be determined that HGH use can help athletes recover from injuries, would he support the use of the drug, with Cuban giving a resounding yes.
This from Cuban:
“Absolutely, I mean look at it. We say it’s okay for people to get Lasik for their eyes, that’s performance-enhancing. We say that you can get Tommy John Surgery or any surgery is performance-enhancing. We don’t say ‘don’t do it because it can be performance-enhancing.’ We say ‘let’s do what’s right to get you healthy again.'”
Cuban also said that the stigma against any drug use in professional sports comes from the PR sway of world organizations like the Anti-Doping Agency and the Olympics, where many forms of drugs are considered to be illegal.
The Mavericks owner says that’s why professional leagues like the NFL, MLB and NBA try to come down hard on performance-enhancing drug users to avoid “a PR nightmare.”
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Others, like For the Win’s Chris Chase, agree with Cuban, arguing that it really isn’t such a bad thing for athletes to take drugs that help them recover from injuries safely.
According to Wed MD, HGH is predominately given to children who have growth deficiencies, as well as those who suffer from kidney insufficiency.
While adults are sometimes prescribed HGH by doctors to combat muscle-wasting diseases such as HIV/AIDS, there is no concrete evidence yet that HGH helps combat injuries 100 percent safely.