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NJ Senator Happy Steroid Users Excluded From Hall Of Fame

Not a single player was elected to Hall of Fame today by the Baseball Writers of America. New Jersey Senator Steven Oroho, primary sponsor of a bill to mitigate steroid use among students is elated that the writers decided to keep known and alleged performance enhancing drug users out of Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

MLB pitcher Roger Clemens testifies on steroid use in 2008. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Oroho says, “Hall of Fame voters set the right example for America’s youth by denying baseball’s ultimate, eternal distinction to former players whose careers are justly tarnished by their use of PEDs. Hopefully, today’s decision establishes a precedent for future Hall of Fame votes and inspires more leaders of schools, communities, states and collegiate or professional sports to protect children and deter them from being tempted by promises of fame due to steroid use.”

Oroho’s bill requires the state Department of Education and State Interscholastic Athletic Association to develop and implement by the start of next school year a random steroid testing of student-athletes.

It also requires any coach of a public school district or nonpublic school interscholastic sport, dance, or cheerleading team must incorporate into the team’s training activities a gender-specific program designed to reduce the use of steroids and performance enhancing supplements, alcohol, and drugs, and to promote healthy nutrition and exercise.

The full Senate unanimously passed the measure in November, but awaits action by the state Assembly.

Referring to the Hall of Fame vote, Oroho says, “Cheating, in the end, does not get you ahead, and there is no glory in using destructive drugs that jeopardize your health.”

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