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White athletes usually have it a bit easier, don't they? Whether we want to admit it or not, the color of Armstrong's skin has been like a shield on even the most battle-filled days of his public downfall. Even Mark McGwire, arguably the father of steroids, doesn't seem to get the same treatment Bonds does. It's a pretty easy connection to make when you look a bit deeper.
I think what Armstrong has done as the founder of the Livestrong movement has been amazing, but it doesn't absolve him for cheating and then proceeding to lie about it for over a decade.
People should get second chances and sometimes even third, but Armstrong's crime is beyond any more chances. He knowingly cheated and did his best to cover it up, while taking advantage of people.
Bonds was a jerk, that's no secret, and the public's opinion was made with that fact in mind, just like Armstrong's has been made with the perception of him in mind. But that's not right.
They both committed the same injustice and should be placed in the same category. Armstrong will apologize tonight and a lot of people will forgive him, and that's fine, but why he has decided to come clean and the decade of lies won't erase what he's done in my eyes — nor has it for Barry Bonds.
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