Ah Lance, I wanted to believe that you were not doping. I wanted to believe that you were being wrongly persecuted. I wanted to believe that you would be able to pull out proof that you did not dope when push came to shove.
But you were doping Lance. You were not wrongly persecuted, you were fairly accused. You didn’t pull out proof of your innocence, you finally admitted your guilt.
Now I am watching you Lance. I am watching to see how you emerge from this. I am watching to see if you will take this opportunity to role model how one recovers from such a failure and regains trust. I am watching to see if you can rewrite the story of your life and serve once again as a role model.
I hope you know Lance that the bad choices you have made in the past need not define your future. I hope you know that every tomorrow is a chance to be the man you want to be. I hope you know that in redemption you may find the true champion within you.
I’ll be watching Lance. We’ll all be watching. Show us something that allows us to believe again.
Day one thousand two hundred and eighty-eight of the new forty – obla di obla da