Should War Emblem (SCORECARD, April 7) be applauded for refusing—unlike many professional athletes—to sleep around, or should he be vilified for being another greedy professional athlete who withholds his services because his owner refuses to adequately share the wealth from his labors?
JOHN P. BALTRUS, Jefferson Hills, Pa.
In 1988 my friends and I, all former high school athletes, sat around our college dorm discussing the Tommy Chaikin article in SI about steroid use in collegiate athletics (The Nightmare of Steroids, Oct. 24, 1988). One of my friends commented that it should be required reading for every parent and high school coach in America. Fifteen years later, not only do I continue to agree with that sentiment, but I would now add L. Jon Wertheim's article on supplements as well (Jolt of Reality, April 7). As a parent, it scared the hell out of me.
KURT KEMPER, Sioux Falls, S.Dak.
I'm an avid runner who has used supplements to recover from long races and training runs. My supplements of choice contained high amounts of protein and vitamin A. I have since found out that excessive amounts of vitamin A can cause damage to the liver as the body becomes toxic. I have quit taking all supplements and only train and recover naturally. I have noticed no degradation in my recovery time or performance. I would advise everyone who is taking supplements or considering them to use them only under strict directions from a doctor. Doing anything else is just not worth the potential disaster.
DWIGHT JELLISON, Canton, Ohio