by Erik Ritland
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In an interview for an upcoming BBC documentary Lance Armstrong, former cycling champion who was stripped of several of his titles because he was caught using performance enhancing drugs, said he’d do it all over again if he had the chance. "If I was racing in 2015? No, I wouldn't do it again…if you take me back to 1995, when it was completely and totally pervasive? [I'd] probably do it again."
So go along with the group even if you know what they’re doing is wrong? First he cheats, then he rationalizes it by saying that everyone was doing it. What a great role model.
I’m not one of those self-righteous people who piles on those who have already been condemned. I even understand the idea in its place: if I was around a bunch of people doing something, and I knew it’d give me a competitive edge, even if it was wrong there’s a good chance that I’d be weak and give in as well. But to lie about it like Armstrong did for years and then to not really take any personal responsibility, instead blaming “being put in the place” to cheat, is pathetic.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He is also a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.