Chad Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Terrell Owens, Mellky Cabrera and Others Just Can't Get Out of Their Own Way

The Last Chance Saloon

8/26/12 in NFL   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

Aug 12, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (21) delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIREChad Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Bartolo Colon,Terrell Owens, Melky Cabrera... Desperadoes, why don't you come to your senses? I hate to channel The Eagles here, but it applies. In the last couple of weeks we've seen so many one-time sports stars screw themselves out of a last chance at glory. How many more will follow?

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.
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8/27/12   |   jaysinw   |   5037 respect

Barry Bonds was found guilty for lying so was mention.

Lance has been fighting and people have been there to testify for how many years. He has fought them the whole time and even the International committee of cycling has ask what proof do they have to strip him of his championships and gold medal. Still we have not seen any proof of him using, only that he had people see him do it.

8/27/12   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

Yet no mentioning of Barry Bonds?