garf112 wrote:I believe the original post posed the question: Why is a team allowed to add a player to its roster when someone tests positive for steroids, while a team that has a player suspended for other reasons must go with a 24 man roster?
Don't know the answer... just wanted to get the thread back on topic.
The question wasn't about the length of punishment, but just about the whole steroid testing regime in general, that really doesn't seem to punish either players or teams all that harshly.
Regarding the punsihments, however the difference between assault and steroid taking is that steroid taking is a form of cheating. By analogy to the business world someone who commits assault may simply have to pay a fine and be reprimanded by the company, in most cases they wont be fired, but insider trading, a form of corporate cheating, is punished far more harshly, with a definate sacking and often criminal sanctions.
Slightly odd analogy but perhaps you see the point.