Cannibal capitalism is easy to spot in modern sports. Contests are broadcast and we are encouraged to consume of the bodies of athletes and comment on their suffering. To succeed and get paid at the highest levels, many athletes use illegal and dangerous drugs. It seems transparent to call them ‘performance enhancing drugs’. The performance is enhanced, often at the health and safety of the athlete.
Al Jazeera has released a potent documentary following the trail of a few illicit pharmacists and doctors who provide illegal sports drug cocktails. It is a tell-all of many recent sports heroes who it is suggested used performance enhancing drugs.