This isn’t a story about diplomacy or international affairs. Its a morality tale of Shakespearean dimensions and a reminder when we discuss the ethics of states or policy among nations that one of the most complex and unknowable areas is within ourselves. A heart wrenching tale of deception, coercion, and failure–masked by winning, success, and achievement:
“Lance Armstrong never came up,” Messick said in an interview last week. “But he did make a comment on the Mafia. He said, When you’re in the Mafia and you get caught and go to jail, you keep your mouth shut, and the organization takes care of your family. In cycling, you’re expected to keep your mouth shut when you test positive, but you become an outcast. Everyone just turns their back on you.”
Antidoping officials on multiple continents had pursued Armstrong for years, in often quixotic efforts that died at the wall of silence his loyal teammates built around him as the sport’s global king. Armstrong kept the dark side of his athletic success quiet, investigators and cyclists said, by using guile and arm-twisting tactics that put fear in those who might cross him.