Confessions of The Caught
The month of February has been a stream of accusations, confessions, apologies and pending justice for a handful of America’s athletic superstars.
The former—an eight-time Olympic-gold medal swimmer—is in trouble for smoking cannabis (marijuana). The latter—Major League Baseball’s highest paid performer—is in trouble for using banned performance-enhancing drugs.
USAToday.com reported about Sports Illustrated‘s release that Rodriguez “tested positive in 2003 for Primobolan and testosterone”.
The online news source added that the SI report prompted Rodriguez’s public response.
“There is no excuse for what I did. If I were a fan of mine or fan of the Rangers I’d be pissed off. I can’t take that back,” Rodriguez told ESPN in an interview, this week. “I want to do things to change.”
Rodriguez told Katie Couric in a 60 Minutes interview in 2007 that he had never taken performance-enhancing drugs, nor had he ever been tempted to do so.
TimesOnline reported on Feb. 1, 2009, that a photo published by News of the World of Phelps inhaling from a glass bong is legitimate.
The news source stated, “Michael Phelps has admitted to smoking cannabis and apologized after a picture of the record-breaking Olympian with a bong pipe was published in a British tabloid.”
“I engaged in behaviour which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment,” Phelps said in a written statement. “For this, I am sorry.”
Separate incidents. Both with somewhat similar results.
If Sports Illustrated had not come forward about Rodriguez’s behavior would he have still been sorry? He openly apologized only after he had been caught.
If a British newspaper had not come forward about Phelps’ behavior would he have still been sorry? He openly apologized only after he had been caught.
Which begs another question: are these two men sorry for what they did, or are they sorry because they got caught?