Can anyone explain why so many people are defending Lance Armstrong but had no qualms condemning Barry Bonds other than
- Armstrong beat cancer
- you all bought his yellow Livestrong bracelets
- Bonds is a cantankerous African-American (that’s right, consider the race card played)
The rules are the rules are the rules. Dope and you’re out. Are those rules fair? That’s another argument altogether. Does never having tested positive for a banned substance mean Armstrong’s never used one? No—masking has always been ahead of testing. Was every other cyclist doping too? That’s irrelevant. I don’t care if so many Tour de France cyclists get DQ’d that the final yellow jersey is belatedly given to a 3-year-old whose tricycle strayed onto the route in Arc-et-Senans.
Armstrong is a cheater.
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