The Last Chance Saloon
Chad Johnson's case is still panning out,but he knew he had one last shot with the Dolphins and he up and married a reality show star and became the front piece of HBO reality series "Hard Knocks" himself. Not a recipe for success. One domestic violence accusation later and his waning NFL career is over. Speaking of NFL careers, Terrell Owens tweeted that he's no longer a Seattle Seahawk. Maybe he kept his much-publicized yap shut, but dropping a sure touchdown pass the other night didn't hurt. Good luck making those child support payments.
It's no different in baseball, as Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon completed the Bay Area daily double for druggie cheats in less than a week. Melky fessed up, or so it seemed, before his more nefarious plan was brought to light. Bartolo was guilty the day he mysteriously revitalized his career after "restorative treatments" in the Dominican Republic a couple of years back. The New York Times was on this story, but for some reason abandoned it the same way MLB did. The Yankees were the ones who benefited from the "new" Bartolo and the Athletics now wear the shame.
Is Lance Armstrong, the greatest athlete in the history of cycling, guilty of doping? He says he's tired of fighting allegations and is giving up the fight. Lots of people are lined up to testify against him but he'd rather not go through the process. A guy who never gave up is actually giving up. What are we left to think?
The bottom line is that there will be an endless parade of men and women entering sports' Last Chance Saloon in years to come. Most will not exit with their dignity. It's sad, really. Lifetime bans are the only solution, but that language will probably never be included in bargaining agreements. Until then fans will always silently ask themselves whether their favorite athletes did what they did legitimately.