Say It Isn’t So…Lance
Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Marian Jones, Roger Clemens, Ben Johnson…let me tell you, the list of professional athletes who used performance enhancing drugs could go on and on and on. Well, the list grew by one very prominent athlete last week. Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor and 7 time Tour de France winner most likely cheated his way to those victories.
While the evidence is not conclusive and it was not proven in a court of law, several of his former teammates came forward to corroborate Armstrong’s drug use. These teammates saw him inject himself and they claim that cheating was a part of the team culture. The United States Anti-Doping Agency is probably going to strip Armstrong of his 7 titles and ban him from the sport for life.
Armstrong’s response to the latest charges – no contest. “I’m finished with this nonsense,” he said. “There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough’. For me, that time is now.” To be fair, Armstrong has consistently stated his innocence to numerous doping allegations over the years. He has been tested for drugs hundreds of times and he never tested positive.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGOhX6ymj38&feature=related (case against Armstrong)
http://www.lancearmstrong.com/foundation (Armstrong response)
Author’s Perspective: For me, it’s another role model who has failed us…another individual who lowered the bar for our youth…another person who sacrificed their integrity to merely win…another cheater. I can’t tell you how close I was to putting Lance Armstrong in my role model book for perseverance. He was a cherished role model of mine- the key word is “was.”
1) After watching these videos, do you think Armstrong is guilty or is this a witch hunt on an innocent man?
2) On a scale of 1-10, how big of a deal is this case?
3) We tell the next generation not to cheat in school or lie to get ahead…we stress character and integrity… but I wonder if cases like this lowers the bar and/or make you more cynical.