In the United States of America, people are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but for athletes it rarely works that way. There have been too many examples of how athletes from every sport you can imagine proclaiming themselves innocent, only to turn around and be guilty. We only need to go back a few weeks to remind ourselves of that with Lance Armstrong.
Of course, there are always athletes who still play the denial card and think sports fans buy their excuses, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds come to mind there. They’ve made it very difficult to accept their reasoning behind being caught or accused of doing something illegal.
Today is the first time we actually see an athlete taking ownership for something he’s done and he should be applauded for it. Golfer Vijay Singh has admitted to using the same deer-antler spray that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is accused of and Singh has withdrawn from the PGA tournament this week.
“I am absolutely shocked that deer-antler spray may contain a banned substance and am angry that I have put myself in this position. I have been in contact with the PGA Tour and am co-operating fully with their review of this matter. I will not be commenting further at this time.”
That is how you’re supposed to act as an athlete when you’ve found out you’ve done something wrong and Singh should be commended for his honesty. Ray Lewis, on the other hand, continues his arrogant stand and refuses to answer any questions about the subject. In fact, Lewis has been so ignorant on the issue of using the deer-antler spray that he doesn’t even know he’s answering a question that hasn’t been asked.
During Media Day at the Super Bowl when he was asked a question about deer-antler use, he said the claim was from two years ago and it didn’t deserve his attention. Wrong Ray, this is a new allegation from this season and it needs to be addressed.
I think we all know what Lewis is doing, stalling and hoping he can win another Super Bowl and ride off into the sunset before he can be found guilty. Then if it turns out to be true, he will apologize. None of that will take away his two Super Bowl wins though and that’s likely the only thing Lewis cares about.
Singh and Lewis have chosen to deal with the same issue in two different ways. Singh has gone about dealing with his situation like a man, while Lewis has chosen the child’s way out.
Can anyone guess which athlete will be looked up to more? And that’s the biggest tragedy of it all.
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