Hot Pot Of Lax: Do Lacrosse Players Dope?

Lacrosse Steroids

This is a touchy subject and I won’t even pretend to know what I’m talking about, but last night I was watching Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel when performance-enhancing drugs were brought up. This was the end of year episode in which Bryant and his crew of reporters were sitting around a table discussing their top investigative stories of 2010. The stories being discussed were about drug-testing marathon runners and steroids in Women’s Bodybuilding. While drug testing is mandated immediately after any professional running race, there are no rules for women bodybuilders. Doping is socially (yet silently) accepted amongst the female bodybuilding crowd.

Of course, this all got me thinking… Do lacrosse players dope?

The short answer is yes. Unfortunately there are athletes using PEDs in every single sport, no matter the restrictions or testing policies.

The long answer is too complicated for me to unravel on my own.

Every coach, every specialist, every reader will have a different view – a different belief – about this topic, and it really is all very complicated. As I was running that question above through my head, I tried to refine it and make it more specific. Do high school lacrosse players dope? I’m sure there have been cases. I recall reading about an instance in Connecticut a few years ago. Do college lacrosse players dope? Well, the NCAA drug tests athletes, right? There is no testing in the MCLA, nor is there a published policy. Do pro lacrosse players dope? There are probably some who do, and right now all I can hope is that the NLL and MLL have both adopted similar rules to those of the other major professional sports.

As I was searching around YouTube for a clip of the Real Sports episode I had been watching, I stumbled across this open letter from Mr. Bryant Gumbel to “Baseball’s Usual Suspects”:

I hope our league commissioners don’t fall asleep at the switch, too.


On the lighter side,

In yesterday’s Hot Pot I shared my new kicks and made an open request for someone to design us up a snazzy Sweet Sweet Lax pair. Reader Matt Foote answered the call.

The guy has an eye for design!

Sweet Sweet Lax Nike Air Max 90 Shoe
Mr. Foote must be related to Tinker Hatfield.

Thanks to Matt for the clean design. Now to convince those guys at Nike to make the drop.

Also in the sneaker department…

Reebok “ZigSlash USA” submitted by Krieg Shaw. Patriotic AND LAS-worthy.

USA Reebok ZigSlash LAS
Classic colors, new school fashion

We’ll take ’em!



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Founder of Lacrosse All Stars. A West Coast native and product of the MCLA, I moved back East after college where I truly fell in love with the game. I've dedicated my career to LaxAllStars since 2010, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I now live in my hometown of Boise, Idaho, with my wife Zoë, two dogs, and a baby girl expected to arrive around Championship Weekend this May. I'm a technologist at heart, I'm not into snow or the month of January, and one time I kind of stole a football from Gary Gait. Life is crazy busy, but it's worth it when you get to immerse yourself in the medicine of lacrosse every day. We are on a mission to Grow The Game® on a global scale by empowering storytelling by players, for players, and bridging the gap between lacrosse and the mainstream.


  1. my guess would be yes. There are MLL, NCAA, MCLA and HS kids using steroids. More probably than any of us are willing to admit.
    If kids will do it to help them play mediocre NCAA Div 3 football, they’ll do it for lacrosse.

    Testing is tough because it is SO expensive. I wouldn’t be surprised if the MLL and NLL basically didn’t test at all. Or they literally don’t test. Someone must know the answer to that.

    At the NCAA level, its not like those guys are getting tested 24-7. Use would be easy to mask for most. I worked my ASS off and never got to the point some kids get to VERY quickly. Maybe there are a lot of natural athletes out there (i’m sure there are many more naturally gifted than I) but my bet is that more kids are juicing than any of us realize. Just a feeling really…