Unfortunately, we don't know who to trust anymore.
With Floyd Landis' confession of doping along with his allegations towards Lance Armstrong, the whole idea of steroids, HGH, performance enhancers and any other form of cheating has been catapulted into a whirlwind of utter confusion.
Not that I took Landis' word that he didn't cheat in regards to his 2006 Tour de France win, but I wanted to take his word. I looked at his evidence towards his positive results and his air chamber crap. But now we know that he lied. And I have no clue what to believe about Lance Armstrong.
Why would I believe Lance Armstrong if everyone else seems to be telling a lie? Is Landis an unreliable source (yes) or out to get him, or is Armstrong just another cheater?
My gut is to think about his life struggles and what he has overcome and take his word. We want to believe that everyone is wholesome and good. And I want to believe that Lance Armstrong falls into that category. But who can we believe now?
Rafael Palmeiro lied, Landis lied, Mark McGwire lied and so did countless others. And so many are still living lies.
It may seem naive of me to say that I wish everyone in sports was clean. But I do wish that everyone was; though we all know that is far from the truth.
Athletes are people. And people lie, cheat and like to win. Athletes are no different from non-athletes.
It is disturbing that someone can put on such a show, seem so remorseful, so kind, and so believable, when in reality they are a big fat liar.
Sure, there are plenty out there that play the game fair. Too bad they are playing against those that choose not to play by the rules.
Luckily for those caught, there are no timeouts for breaking rules. There are serious repercussions.
And for those that use some excuse as to why they used, few will believe them. The athletes before them have already cried wolf, so any hope they have of being believed is gone.
We were always taught in school not to cheat. But we were also told not to smoke, and not to hit others, and people still do that. So of course people are bound to cheat. Now that is not the worst thing in the world, but when it comes to sports, it is big.
I don't know how they live with themselves. I mean, "do not cheat" is a core value.
What happened to winning with your own abilities?
Apparently that went out the window with quite a few people a long time ago.
And with that, so did the truth.