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Who Can We Believe Anymore?
January 23, 2013 - Kim Collette
Sports build character. Sports make us believers. And, I believed. I believed Lance Armstrong was telling the truth. I believed Manti Te'o lost his grandmother and girlfriend in the same day. I believed....and so did many other sports fans....and it breaks my heart. Let me start with Lance Armstrong and his admission to "doping". I drank the kool-aid and read Armstrong's book....and I believed. I believed that he was a truly inspirational sports figure. He beat cancer and went on to win The Tour De France. What really upsets me is that there is a passage in his book were he said he "beat cancer, so why would anyone believe he would put a foreign substance in his body just to win." That was it for me. I believed Armstrong. I believed that people were out to get him. And now.......I don't believe. I believed in Manti Te'o and his difficult off the field issues this season. I believed he should have won the Heisman Trophy. How could one young man deal with the death of his grandmother and girlfriend on the same day. Unbelievable strength and courage, what a great person for people to admire. And then out of nowhere, we all find out that the girlfriend story was a hoax. Te'o never even met his "girlfriend." He was "duped." Te'o's girlfriend doesn't even exist. Whether or not Te'o was tricked into believing this was a real relationship, after he found out about the so called hoax, he continued to live that story and not come clean. And now.....I don't believe. Who can we believe anymore?That answer is up to each of us individually. I do believe that I don't want to give up on the fact that there truly are amazing sports heroes and heroines that we CAN believe in. We just need to find them.
Until next time friends
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