Originally Posted by andy1234
You clearly are capable of taking people at their word, regardless of their actions painting a different picture.
I prefer to judge people over the many actions they have taken in their lives, rather than just the one. It seems fairer.
I am. I agree. I do take them on their word. And I also take them based upon their actions.
Seeing Floyd has openly displayed and expressed a sincere amount of regret about his past actions including making a phone call to Greg LeMond to apologise I value those actions. Its a good start.
It can't of been easy knowing the reactions and retribution he was about to face.
For sure it does't erase his history. But it does go a long way to explain the reasons why he did the things he did. Its not an excuse but its a reason.
I value the fact that against tremendous and continued opposition he started to tell the story. Even in the face of name calling, harassment, inferences to his drinking habits and on this forum ridcule about his family he has remained steadfast on the story.
I don't have a problem if you feel ripped off by him or hurt by his past actions. He has expressed that this is the case - his honesty doesn't erase the past hurt. But its a great start and something cycling and of a bigger question philosophically the world could do with a bit more of - honesty.
From Wall St to Austin - a wee bit of honesty would go a long way. No matter how we got to that point. Its welcomed.
I really don't think he was expecting a medal for coming clean but on a human level he does deserve some gratitude to telling the real story of Pro Cycling. I think even you could appreciate how hard it must have been for him to come this far. We don't want another Pantani. That would do nothing for this world nor cycling. This is actually a human life we're talking about.