Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Little Help From My Friends

Lance Armstrong is among the greatest athletes of all time - an American hero who beat cancer to win the Tour de France, the Super Bowl of cycling, seven times. But now Armstrong is the focus of a federal investigation into performance enhancing drugs. A grand jury in Los Angeles has been hearing secret testimony from some of Armstrong's former teammates on the U.S. Postal Service team.

One of the prime witnesses is Tyler Hamilton. Under oath, behind closed doors, Hamilton has told a story that may change the history of sports. Over the years, some former teammates have accused Armstrong of doping. But, it's been said in professional cycling that if Hamilton broke his silence, then the full story of the legendary U.S. Postal Service team would be known.

Hamilton does that now, in public, for the first time.

It's one thing to come clean with authorities. Using performance enchancing drugs will eventually catch up with you. It's another thing to be a snitch for the world to know of Tyler Hamilton's doping experience with Lance Armstrong and his ex-team mates. I don't know what advantage this gives for Hamilton to sit with Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes to give a detailed account of doping with Lance Armstrong. It was actually making me nauseous listening to his slander. This really wasn't any of our business to know. Just my opinion. And you know what they say about opinions...

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