I’m very disgusted. Yesterday, the L.A. County Coroner released the autopsy results on Rodney King. King, a lifetime drug addict, responsible for being the “match” that lit the fuse in Los Angeles back in 1991 during what are now called the “Rodney King Riots,” died of “Accidental drowning.” That, of course ignores the fact that he had alcohol, a mixture of drugs including PCP, marijuana, cocaine and others in his blood! Yet he died accidentally!
Then today, in what may go down as the biggest “Witch Hunt” in modern times, Lance Armstrong is found “Guilty” of doping (using performance-enhancing substances to “Cheat” and win 7 Tour-de-France titles) and stripped of all his titles and banned for life from the sport he loves.
While sorry for Mr. King, nobody should die the kind of death he died, and yet he lived like there was no tomorrow, I am OUTRAGED that a body of evidence was presented against Mr. Armstrong that basically boils down to a bunch of his buddies “Denouncing” him before the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency).
Here is a great excerpt I found online:
“As the media reports that seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong says he will no longer fight doping charges from the US Anti-Doping Agency, which will strip him of his titles and ban him from competitive cycling for life, Tracee Hamilton writes that the Lance Armstrong vs. USADA fight is a tough one in which to take a side, because to believe USADA means suspending belief in the science of drug testing. ‘If you take personalities out of the equation, you’re left with pee in a cup and blood in a syringe,’ writes Hamilton. ‘Armstrong never failed a drug test. He was tested in competition, out of competition. He was tested at the Olympics, at the Tour de France, at dozens if not hundreds of other events. And he never failed a test.’ Instead Travis Tygart, chief executive officer of the USADA, gathered a group of people who swear they saw Armstrong doping. ‘If the results can be discarded in favor of testimony, then let’s go right to the testimony phase and quit horsing around with blood and urine.’ There has been no trial, no due process, but in the minds of many, that testimony outweighs the results of hundreds of drug tests. ‘I don’t know if Armstrong did the things he’s accused of doing, and neither do you,’ concludes Hamilton adding that it can’t work both ways. ‘Either a drug test is the standard, or it isn’t.'”
Rodney King was high the night he was pulled over by Los Angeles City Police Officers back in 1991. You cannot watch those films of the beating he endured and NOT know that. I am a drug addict, and I can tell when someone is on PCP (elephant tranquilizer for goodness sake!). The guy was so stoned, he not only did not listen to the police officer’s instructions, he absorbed all their beating and kept standing – again and again! No way any ordinary man could endure that while NOT stoned out of his mind! I suspected all along that his blood samples would be tampered with in the hospital and that he would be found “Clean” (he was).
The fact that the media can try to “Endear” a fellow like Rodney King to us while participating in and even encouraging the Anti-Doping Agency to effectively make it so that Lance Armstrong never even rode a bike, it’s just unbelievable. I am just outraged at our culture, our values, our government, everyone who “Believed all along that Mr. Armstrong was guilty.” If you believe something strong enough, you’ll “Find” evidence. As the testimony above tells us, that evidence comes in the form of “Denouncement” – something that was once popular in France when folks were removed of their heads. Lance Armstrong has suffered a fate worse than that. He’s still a hero in my book. He fought hard, first as an athlete, then against Cancer, then again as an Athlete, then to build a Non-profit that helps folks fight Cancer. While he may not be a “Great” man, he’s done more for humanity than any of those pipsqueeks in the USADA.
Enough. I could just go on spouting trash, because I’m so upset. I’ll just pray the the Lord brings to light the real truth in all this someday. That folks realize Rodney King is no hero, he was a bumbling fool, but that Mr. Armstrong has fought long and hard and always maintained his innocence, and, NEVER FAILED A DRUG TEST!