June 13, 2012 Leave a comment
These allegations have been ongoing for years against Lance Armstrong. Guilty or not he has been humiliated enough with the recycled testimony of the so called anonymous former teammates. I can go on and on about the good he has done for cancer patients and cancer research itself, but that isn’t what bothers me.
What bothers me most is the amount of time the government has spent on investigating Lance Armstrong, as well as several other athletes like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. At some point the government just needs to put these supposed charges to rest and move on, which should have happened long ago.
So many other riders were found guilty well within a year of charges being brought against them. But this has gone on long enough. Floyd Landis was caught and stripped almost immediately of his Tour de France title and is pretty much wrecked his career, along with a bum hip.
If you have solid proof, use it, but if you don’t stop dancing around every year or two that you have new charges. How much have these investigations cost the tax payers? I am tired of hearing about this beer can that contains contaminated evidence Clemens doped. Did someone save Lance’s lost testical inside a bottle of FRS?
If the government presses on with investigating because of Lance’s previous affiliation with the United States Postal Service, then I have to ask why was there no government audits of where the money was going to? That is a problem of the government anyways, they do not audit their money trail very well. So, lets backtrack and clean up after ourselves by spending probably as much money as they paid to the USPS cycling team as they are spending on the legal costs of all of the investigating.
We all know guys like Lance Armstrong and Roger Clemens are a-holes, but lets cut them a break for once and spend that money on more useful things, like helping starving kids eat, paving the way for an improved economy, or paying off your government debts. Instead the government should create better audit trails, support the improvement of drug testing, and other stopgaps that could prevent future messes like the ones they are caught up in now.