Fraud Comparisons: Lance Armstrong vs. ARod

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Here’s an interesting comparison I haven’t heard anybody make about Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball.

Lance Armstrong doped his way to seven Tour de France victories and more than $100 million in endorsement deals that literally transformed him from irrelevance to global celebrity.  When he was finally busted, Armstrong was stripped of his trophies, he got banned from cycling for LIFE and many dark clouds of lawsuits hover over him from sponsors and others that duped.  Now let’s look at Major League Baseball and its handling of Alex Rodriguez.  In issuing it’s harshest penalty EVER, the MLB determined that the worst cheat they ever busted, ARod, is going to be suspended for 211 games.  While ARod appeals his suspension, he will continue to play baseball among fans who have to somehow suspend their belief and pretend that his case is different than watching Lance cycle around in another Tour de France.

Oh, well, it actually is different because we’re talking MLB baseball, the worst managed professional sport in the U.S. and the same institution that by commissioner Bud Selig’s own admission the other day cast a blind eye during the 80s when it knew its players were abusing cocaine.

The fraudulent career ARod has amassed made him filthy rich (he’s half way through a $275 million, 10 year contract with the Yankees).  Major League Baseball, on the other hand, is a filthy joke as evidenced by the spineless way they dealt with Rodriguez and many other frauds who got suspended for games but like Armstrong should have been banned for life.

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