I hereby dub January "Sporting Embarrassment Month."
World-class cyclist Lance Armstrong confirmed in a multi-part interview with Oprah Winfrey that he did indeed use performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. All of his Tour de France wins were aided by doping.
Athletes around the globe are shocked and discouraged, as are cartoonists.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was also caught in a lie. His girlfriend who allegedly passed away days before the Michigan State game never existed.
Read the Deadspin article that broke the news.
Fans across America felt for him during his time of “grieving” and offered him support and condolence. They reveled in his triumphant performance during the Michigan State game because they believed he played while facing immense adversity. To find out that it was all a hoax is incredibly disheartening and confusing, to say the least.
Current and future athletes should take note of these events and be reminded that honesty is always the best policy -- especially in this day and age when, information is a click away.
Happy "Sporting Embarrassment Month"!