2013 January 14 Monday
Well Liked People Can Throw Others Under The Bus
Lance Armstrong is going to testify against others involved in bicycle sports doping.
Acknowledging his doping past has cleared the way for Armstrong to take the next step in trying to mitigate his lifetime ban from Olympic sports. He is planning to testify against several powerful people in the sport of cycling who knew about his doping and possibly facilitated it, said several people with knowledge of the situation.
He derived far more benefit from this activity than the people he will testify against. Think about it.
My advice: do not help famous and popular people engaged in some questionable activity. You are far more at risk than they are and they won't hesitate to turn on you.
By Randall Parker at 2013 January 14 09:07 PM
He used drugs on his own body to win a sporting event. BFD!
That people "got hurt" is a testament to their own foolishness in elevating "games" and their "heroes" to such an exalted level.
It reminds me of how the tabloids point fingers and the Hollywood stars when they suspect they have had plastic surgery and how the stars deny their surgeries.
Who gives a rat's rear end if these people want to risk their lives winning some game that is optional?
As far as I'm concerned, Lance is a winner. In a sport where "everyone" doped, he was the best. If nobody doped, would Lance have lost? I doubt it.
Dutch sprinter, Max van Heeswijk, who was part of US Postal cycling team, though not the tour team, kept defending Armstrong. Van Heeswijk: "[..} I respect him even more now. He was always a highly motivated sports man and had a real winner mentality. He might have cheated, but they all did. He was a product of the system."
Incredibly, in the same interview, Heeswijk laments that he still has to work in a bicycle store as a repairman/seller to get by financially. Armstrong, meanwhile, made millions and is, even today after being exposes, still a millionnaire many times over. So, sure Max, keep defending your hero! But don't worry too much about him, because he's rich and throwing guys like yourself under the bus to save his own ass.
The standard for many years in high level professional cycling has been doping (after all, it's chiefly a European sport where "cheating" is not only accepted, but expected). The attitude in cycling has been that doping is accepted amongst the athletes, but to keep it hush hush as it's not considered "polite" to air one's dirty laundry in public. This is similar to the attitude in many European countries towards marital infidelity - all of the top government officials and businessmen have mistresses, but it's considered scandalous to actually get caught. Lance played by the rules as accepted by the athletes.
It's only the non-competitors who are truly "aghast" at his behavior. To paraphrase Teddy Roosevelt, it's the man in the ring who counts. The critics can bugger off.