Many Questioning The Side Effects Of Steroids

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

He's known as the "Canadian Crippler", but many now ask why professional wrestling super star Chris Benoit would kill his wife and child, then himself.

That's what police believe happened but it's another discovery prompting even more questions. Police say they found steroids at Benoit's house, a drug some experts blame for aggression and rage. Police say he is the eighth wrestler to commit suicide in the last 16 years. Toxicology results have not been released on Benoit, but as the investigation continues, WYMT takes a closer look at anabolic steroids. One former pro-boxer in Eastern Kentucky says it's best to fight a clean fight, for more than one reason.

At the top of his game in the 70s, Mayfield Pennington beat five time world champ Emile Griffith. He was trained by one of Muhammed Ali's Louisville trainers and Pennington says he won his famous fights without steroids.

"Steroids and all that garbage is help. I wanted to do it myself. You're cheating doing it any other way. I knew working hard and training and praying every night I could do it," Pennington said.

Back in his hometown of Pikeville, Mayfield trains hopeful boxers in his own gym, a place where spiritual strength is just as important as the right jab combination.

"I do mind and body because I think the most important thing is you gotta believe in yourself," Pennington said.

A lack of confidence can be an effect of slow physical development, a common reason Doctor Michael Murphy says teenagers and athletes ask for anabolic steroids.

"You can't always pick what you're gonna get. Some of these things are irreversible," Dr. Murphy said.

Doctor Murphy says the irreversible side effects include small testicals, infertility, male breasts and stretch marks. Women can develop a more masculine build, but he says the link to aggression and depression are still being studied.

As far as treating anabolic steroid use, Doctor Murphy says there isn't a routine treatment. The only suggestion he has is to taper off the use of the drug.


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