Self interest still driving Armstrong



Can Barry Bonds be next?

He has to be watching.

Reports are saying cycling legend Lance Armstrong will confess in an interview on “Oprah” this week that he did indeed use doping to dominate the sport. This would come after a decade of denials.

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I want to say good for him, but honestly, after 10 years of denials?


That seems to be the way people remake their images these days. Jason Giambi confessed to performance enhancing drug use, as did Mark McGwire and track star Marion Jones. But they confessed after the evidence had become too much for denial, or after they were legally forced to do so.

For once I’d like to see a superstar confess before the evidence is undeniable.

Which gets me to alleged drug cheaters Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

Here’s my guess: Someday they too will be told by their advisers that for their own good, they should confess. Suspicion costs endorsements and limits post-competition career options.

Come clean nowadays and soon you’re a flawed but selfless hero on the way to redemption, not an ex-drug cheat.

PED users might confess, but most of the time it’s for the same reason they cheated in the first place – for their own advancement.


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