Gee333 said:Although I still don't buy the "Out of Competition" argument. He's a public figure and what he does in his private life still effects the fans and people around him in his public life. Especially when his use goes public.
Would you be so lenient if it were anyone else? Armstrong? Pres Obama? Cav? Valverde?
Whether they like it or not, they are "public figures" and if they do anything wrong the press will jump on it. Boonen needs to be more careful. This is hurting more than just himself.
Well, there's "public figures" and then there's "pro athletes." Forgiving pro athletes for their social life indiscretions is a time-honored tradition (with the exception of dog fighting). As long as they're likeable, they are forgiven. Kind of how life in general works.
Now if Boonen launched some kind of big-dollar ad campaign with Specialized and a slogan like "biking is my drug of choice," then people might be jumping on him a bit harder.