A-Rod suspension sparks discussion on drug testing policies

A-Rod suspension sparks discussion on East Tennessee drug testing policies

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The Maryville High School football team was practicing Monday evening. The Maryville High School football team was practicing Monday evening.
"I've seen a couple kids I can pick and choose who I think are on steroids. I've never seen a bottle or any proof. But there are signs and you can tell. I've seen a few kids," said Cody Carroll. "I've seen a couple kids I can pick and choose who I think are on steroids. I've never seen a bottle or any proof. But there are signs and you can tell. I've seen a few kids," said Cody Carroll.
Maryville High School, like a lot of other East Tennessee high schools, does not have a drug testing policy in place. Maryville High School, like a lot of other East Tennessee high schools, does not have a drug testing policy in place.
"That's something we try and teach our kids each year. Talk about doing things naturally, and staying away from stuff that's going to harm them," said Coach George Quarles. "That's something we try and teach our kids each year. Talk about doing things naturally, and staying away from stuff that's going to harm them," said Coach George Quarles.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) – One of baseball's biggest stars is facing one of the game's biggest penalties.

Major League Baseball ordered Alex Rodriguez benched through 2014, a record penalty for using performance enhancing drugs.

Maryville High School, like a lot of other East Tennessee high schools, does not have a drug testing policy in place.

The football team was practicing Monday evening.

Incidents like the one involving A-Rod shine a spotlight on steroid use. Players have their eyes open for warning signs.

"I've seen a couple kids I can pick and choose who I think are on steroids. I've never seen a bottle or any proof. But there are signs and you can tell. I've seen a few kids," said Cody Carroll, about when he's seen players he suspected were on steroids.

"That's something we try and teach our kids each year. Talk about doing things naturally, and staying away from stuff that's going to harm them," said Coach George Quarles.

"I feel like you do it the right way, or you don't do it at all," said player Shawn Prevo.

Coach Quarles says they have considered random drug testing in the past. However, it's a move that costs money. That's what keeps their schools, and many others, from putting the policy in place.

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