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Jun 9, 2001 7:31 AM
In our society, professional athletes are "role models" to our kids, even if they don't want it. TV as a medium has moved them from "mortals" to "gods". It used to be: study hard, get a job, and you'll make money. We all discovered that is not that easy. We are eating beans, while watching the TV showing the professional athletes living like kings. In our children's mind, they are models to imitate. If they change their hairstyle, they change theirs; if they have a tattoo, they want a tattoo. Let's face it: if a professional athlete tells us that his secret for success is eating a bowl of dog poop every morning, kids (and some adults) will be waking up early in the morning to roam their neighborhood looking for a fresh supply.

Professional athletes have to follow their sport's laws, as the rest of us have to follow our society laws. If we accept their cheating because they are professional athletes, we have no moral standing to punish our children when they break our rules.

We cannot allow any person or group to be above the rules just because they are famous or wealthy. If we cry foul when a politician or a movie start get away with a slap on the wrists, we have to do the same with professional athletes. If not, we have created the new royalty of the world.
new Ligget-ism!peloton
Jun 9, 2001 10:24 AM
"Due to the drug raids, many riders have left the Giro in disgrace. And, hopefully we will never hear or see from any of them again!"
- Phil Ligget in today's Giro broadcast

"Athlete who use doping products should go to jail. It's the same thing as breaking into someone's house. It's just stealing from the athletes who are clean." -Ned Overend commenting on doping in cycling

15% of American males have used steroids. Been to a high school football game lately? 3% of middle school students in MA have used steroids. What does this say?