At NPR, Linda Holmes writes about a little noted reason why Lance Armstrong is particularly despicable, and why the manner of his dishonest denials were especially harmful. You can read it here.
Filed under Character, Law & Law Enforcement, Leadership, Sports
Tagged as creeps, doping, indignation, Lance Armstrong, lies, Linda Holmes, NPR
Excellent article, Jack. That’s the first time I’ve ever reposted an NPR sponsored article! As I said in my comments, I wish I’d written it myself.
We segregate them in restaurants. Why not segregate drug users in sports.
Let the dopers out in the open and have ‘doping’ and ‘non-doping’ leagues. See which one the market likes. I’m sure they will both thrive in the various niches.
That is half tongue-in-cheek.
You may be on to something, Tex! It seems that there are so many doper athletes out there that maybe they DO need their own leagues.
Sort of like an “unlimited” class in motorsports. When they have destroyed their bodies and minds, we can put them on the “Surreal Life” and laugh at them. It’s kind of sad that we do treat celebrities like that.
It’s sad that we have a culture that not only allows it, but encourages it… and from a young age. But when these “celebrities” achieve legal adulthood, they have to take responsibility for themselves, regardless of their youthful travails. Thus, my sympathy for them is muted.
It is a shame that Lance Armstrong and people like him get to go on “Oprah” where she will be “astounded and impressed” by him and give him all kinds of sympathy. We need reporters like Bill Bonds (without the alcohol) who would stick it to them with no sympathy. Righteous indignation? Bill Bonds would have shown HIM what righteous indignation really looked like, then he would have taken a swig of whiskey and challenged him to a fistfight for what he pulled. That is what Lance Armstrong should have to face, not “Oprah”.
Where have all the journalists with courage gone? Where are all the journalists with true conviction to expose the truth?
They died, were fired or took to drink!
I can’t wait for Jack’s post in response to the Lance Armstrong rationaliz…er… Apology.
May just copy paste the rationalization a page.
I’m going on NPR’s “Tell Me More” Monday (Tuesday broadcast) to talk about it!
Good for you, Jack.
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