- Mar 19, 2009
Hear, hear!rhubroma said:Interesting take from His Royal A$$hat. So let me get this straight: it's alright to commercialize on Wonderboy-Cancer Jesus and to have protected your cash cow until there was no other choice but to throw him under the bus; however, opening the first major cracks in the cycling facade of omertà is evil - and of course doing wrong to the sport?
It's alright to write a book, just so long as you don't commercialize on it too much, as apparently Millar didn't do (who is still racing and hence employed)? It's not ok, though, to write one with earth shattering news that actually causes a sensation and makes up for the lost income, because you were unceremoniously thrown out of the environment by the system you now denounce?
It's ok to tell the truth, so long as it is only damaging to yourself? Anything that touches the sport's governance, however, is only for mendacious and thoroughly opportunistic reasons?
Let me specify that I don't consider Floyd and Tyler "heroes," which is something else. Yet between idol worship and anathema there exists an objective and infinitely more fair and actual assessment of what they have achieved. In light of his moral casuistry, the only scumbag here is McQuaid.
For a top official of a sporting organization to call whistleblowers "scumbags" is extremely low.
He's the scumbag. He's taking his plays straight out of the LA PR playbook.
Turn it black and white. Demonize or lionize. No in between.
I agree. Landis and Hamilton are not heroes, and I very much doubt they see themselves that way. They are repentant cheats who have finally done the decent thing.
So Fat Pat, sue me: McQuaid is a clown and an a$$hat, and no better than Gadaffi. He runs a banana republic.