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Lance Armstrong recently received a letter from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stating that there are more than 10 witnesses who testify he doped between the years 1998 and 2011. A constant theme seems to suggest that many of our greatest superstars are fallen heroes. But why is that? Roger Clemens’ two month perjury trial just came to a close, where Clemens is being charged with six counts of perjury, making false statements and obstructing Congress, and faces the possibility of prison time. Barry Bonds, one of the greatest players in Major League Baseball history, was convicted on a single count of obstruction of justice, but a federal jury could not decide on whether he lied about using performance-enhancing drugs. Floyd Landis, the American cyclist, who maintained his innocence of using performance-enhancing drugs, finally admitted he used drugs four years after the fact. Is it money, greed, societal pressures? When top sponsors or teams are paying big money, athletes are expected to perform and it appears to suggest that when an athlete can get an edge in some way, shape, or form, they are willing to take the risk and potentially tarnish their reputation.

Steven Olenick is a lawyer, educator, and leading authority on various sports law issues. His work has appeared on Bloomberg, Fox News, Al Jazeera English, MSNBC and has given numerous radio interviews across the nation. He has earned national recognition from such organizations such as Crain’s Business Journal, Athlete’s Quarterly, ESPN, Bloomberg, and the NYU School of Law.

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