Doing something wrong even though it may be the norm is still breaking the law. Owning up once you can no longer deny it isn’t being brave. It is the act of a child. When you are the face of an industry, you are morally required to do the right thing. To lead by example. Your voice carries much more weight than the low man on the totem pole. When you create a foundation to help others. When, through this foundation, your notoriety grows, the expectations of you grow with it. When children, sick and well, look to you to be their model, your duty to act morally can not be second guessed.
When you stray from the rules of conscience, any fame won is false. Any lofty view is a stolen one. To error is human. To lie is cowardice.
The man of the hour has done great things. This can not be denied. For his sport. For a disease where there are more questions than answers. One may question whether these heights would have been reached without doping. That question is as futile as his denials.
What we should be talking about is what a leader does with the power once he has it. That is what determines the fiber of his being.
That his declaration of wrong doing had more tone toward garnering sympathy than ownership is what lessens his character in my eyes. Yes, we all have fallen. Yes, we deserve forgiveness. But, only when we lament our transgression and not the fact that we got caught.
How you get back up is as important as the reason you have fallen.E