Thursday, January 24, 2013
Do we expect too much of them because of their talent on the field, court, track or golf course, or is it their own egos that lead them to believe they’re above reproach?
Thursday, January 24
It seems the more we hold our sports heroes in high regard, the more likely they are to fall from grace. Whether they end up cheating in the game, such as in the case of cyclist Lance Armstrong, or on their spouse like Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant, or even facing criminal charges like Michael Vick or O.J. Simpson, it seems the higher up the pedestal we place them, the more likely they are to fall. The Bleacher Report gives us a countdown of the top 20 tainted sports heroes of all time. Do we expect too much of our athletes — holding them to a higher standard in life because of their athletic talents? Or is it entirely their own fault — their inflated egos leading them to believe they're above reproach?
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The seven-time Tour de France winner was stripped of his titles for taking performance enhancement drugs. He continued, however, to protest his innocence. He is now reportedly confessing that he did, in fact, dope in order to win.
Wednesday, January 16
Several media outlets are quoting an AP source that claims seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has now confessed to Oprah that he did, in fact, take performance enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. Armstrong was stripped of all his titles last year despite vehemently protesting his innocence all the way through, tweeting the following statement just prior to losing his titles: I have been notified that USADA, an organization largely funded by taxpayer dollars but governed only by self-written rules, intends to again dredge up discredited allegations dating back more than 16 years to prevent me from competing as a triathlete and try and strip me of the seven Tour de France victories I earned. These are the very same …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Already accused of doping during his cycling career, a number of national sponsors are severing ties with the once famed cyclist.
Lance Armstrong, the seven-time winner of the Tour de France, was stripped of his titles after a detailed report with seemingly undisputed evidence showed the American had used performance-enhancing drugs when he won the world event in back-to-back wins between 1999-2005. As a result of the report the USADA has banned Armstrong for life from cycling event. Now spokespersons for Nike, Anheuser-Busch, Trek Bicycle and 24 Hour Fitness have announced they are severing ties with the former champion, according to a report in the Washington Post. But he's not the first athlete to recover from a tarnished image. Professional golfer Tiger Woods, basketball star Kobe Byrant and football standout Michael Vick were able to recover from controversy and…
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Do you agree with the USADA's decision to strip seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong of his titles and institute a lifetime ban on future competitions?
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has fought years of accusations of doping, but he has finally given up the fight. According to Reuters, on Friday the United States Anti-Doping Agency handed down a lifetime ban on Armstrong and stripped him of all his wins. Although the USADA has ruled, should the International Cycling Union challenge the ruling it is up to a Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland, to make the final decision. Fellow competitors have leveled accusations of doping at Armstrong over the years, however he has never tested positive. Still, he said he was tired of fighting the accusations and was moving on, leaving it in the hands of the USADA. His decision to give up the fight prompted Friday's…