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January 16, 2013

PARRINO: Armstrong and Bonds in same category

Tonawanda News — Tonight at 9 p.m. Lance Armstrong will tell his tale. 

After years of speculation, accusations and, seemingly, lies, it is being reported that he will "come clean" in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that is scheduled to run in a two-part special finishing Friday at 9 p.m. Winfrey herself has said that the seven-time Tour de France winner "confesses" during the interview.

I can't be the only one furious right now, can I?

America has spent the past seven years vilifying and hurling hate at home run king Barry Bonds, and rightfully so. Armstrong has not received equal treatment and he did the same thing.

Especially in the social media age, Armstrong should be getting the business. There is outrage, but nothing compared to what Bonds went through and continues to get.

I read recently on Twitter that a media professional felt sorry for Armstrong because of how much his charity, Livestrong, has done for cancer patients. 

Am I missing something? Is it all of a sudden OK to cheat and lie about it as long as you do charity work?

Bonds cheated, there's no doubt about it even though he's never admitted it, and he should have been excommunicated from the baseball community for his actions — which was evident after he was passed over in his first year of eligibility for the hall of fame. People should place him in a different category because of the stain he helped to leave on the game.

Armstrong should be receiving the same treatment, but he's not. Oh yes, people are mad about what he did and some have even been vocal about it, but he's almost being given a pass by most because of who he is: a white athlete that's known for his contribution to cancer research.

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