Lance Armstrong admitted to doping this week on the Opra show. This admission comes years and years after steadfast denials of any doping during his superhuman cycling victories. In fact, he would excoriate his team members, acquaintances or anybody that indicated publicly that he had in fact doped. Unfortunately for the mighty Lance Armstrong the Federal Government got involved and had he lied under oath, he would have found himself in jail. Apparently, Lance got some good legal advice with the millions upon millions of dollars that he swindled the United States Post office and other sponsors out of and he decided on a new tactic, the truth. At this juncture there will be countless lawsuits and probably a bankruptcy thereafter.
Should Lance be granted forgiveness like many before him who have “come clean” after falling prey to human infirmity? I don’t think so. Lance had absolutely no desire or willingness to come clean at any point, it was only after the Federal Government got involved and he faced the unenviable specter of having to testify under penalty of perjury that he realized he was going to have to admit or go to jail. It was then that he elected the lesser of two evils and decided to admit his wrong doing nearly a decade after his indiscretions and vehement denials.
Conversely, in the local paper this week Maryland has its own star of sorts, DUI defendant and delegate Don Dwyer back in the public eye. Mr. Dwyer was all to eager to come forward while still in the hospital after crashing his boat into another boat on the Magothy River in Maryland. In doing so, he injured four children who were enjoying their afternoon boating with their grandfather. Mr. Dwyer jumped on this early opportunity to tell the public that he had a severely elevated BAC and that he was sorry for this egregious transgression.
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