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The True Scandal of Lance Armstrong: Enough Free Passes for Role Models

Happy Jake Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 11:13 AM
The problem with Lance Armstrong and PEDs is that cycling is the dirtiest sport around. Cycling is dirtier than all four major US sports combined. It's dirtier even than Boxing and Track and Field. For that reason I'm willing to forgive him that (If everyone's breaking the same rule, is breaking that rule cheating?) My beef with him is the lawsuits, the lies, the exploitation of his (probably self-induced) cancer, and the actual harm he has caused people and companies who questioned his authenticity.

Another day. Another scandal. Another high-profile celebrity headed to Oprah’s couch to express contrition and try to resuscitate his image. Today it’s Lance Armstrong, but tomorrow it will be someone else -- which is why I believe it’s time to say enough is enough. No more free passes for our children’s role models.

I don’t know Lance Armstrong and apparently nobody else really did either. What I knew was the same cynically constructed fairy tale that he sold all of us: the inspirational story of a young cyclist who nearly died from cancer and was resurrected through the miracles of modern...