Hi, Ill be playing devils advocate for a few minutes.I just want to address the issue of "rolemodels" & what you can learn from them. Too often we forget that some people are actually smart enough to look at Mr. Bonds & other "role models" (like high school football jocks---what?!) & realize that everything they says is not the right thing for them. Its called making a decision. In the case of minors it is the parents job to make the decision for their child. It doesnt always happen, but thats another subject. *Barry implies that it is the athlete's choice, and as such, involves no one else's opinion. What the misguided Mr. Bonds fails to take into account however, is their status as very visible, public role models. What message does he send...* (begin lecture) It is the individuals choice to do whatever one wants to ones self. Message? You could take many different lessons from Mr. Bonds who IS a multimillion dollar athelete- who may have used steroids. (Even if youre a minor. People under 18 do not automatically follow other people.) 1)Steroids may have helped him to get where he is. 2)He may be ruining his body & he may be ok with that. 3)Im not ok with that for me- regardless of anyones opinion especially some overpaid sportstar who may or may not use them. 4) I am ok with that-i want to use steroids & ruin my body so i can live rich & maybe die young. Choices must be made by everyone at some time or another in regard to some thing (substance in this case) or another. The age at which the decision comes may depend on the issue. It is an individual, or for minors- their parents, choice to make. When people reach the legal adult age- Its all up to you! You wanna shrink up the jewells on the juice? Go ahead. You wanna eat only organic veggies? Go ahead. The consequences are yours to accept - legal or health or otherwise. (end lecture) Wow- bit of a rant there. It just bothers me when people start pointing fingers for setting a bad example. I just dont like the idea of a "bad example". New information is constantly being thrown on the table. How a person uses that information is up to them. I love this country.