Pro Athletes Blasted for Failing in Steroid Fight

Davis said he was disappointed in the lack of player participation among professional athletes in getting the word out by speaking to student athletes on the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.

Ben Zenko, representing the NFL Players Association, took exception to criticism, saying members of his group "do participate on an active basis in a variety of programs."

Several roundtable participants pointed to the millions of dollars their organizations had contributed to the production and distribution of anti-steroid public service announcements aimed at young audiences.

Dr. Gary Wadler, a New York University School of Medicine professor, said that a more comprehensive approach to the problem is needed, one that is not limited to anabolic steroids.

"We need to more than just say no," Wadler told the group. Our collective efforts must be more than just rhetorical. We cannot continue to tinker at the margins."

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