Ken Medlin

A week of lies and deception

Posted January 20, 2013

For much of the past week, two stories have dominated sports news - and they both deal with lies.

Between Lance Armstrong's admission of cheating and the revelation of Manti Te'o's non-existent girlfriend, fans have spent much of the week trying to decipher what's true and what's not.

I'm reminded of Bill Clinton's famous statement: "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is."

In Armstrong's case, I don't think many people were left pleading "Say it ain't so, Lance." Countless whistle blowers have come forward over the years to shed light on Armstrong's use of performance-enhancing drugs, and by this point Armstrong's admission only reaffirms what most have assumed for some time.

But during Armstrong's run of Tour de France dominance, few wanted to believe this heroic figure - a man whose triumph over cancer inspired so many - was a fraud. We readily accepted him as some sort of Superman whose success came purely through hard work and force of will.

We believed it because it was the better story.

Nobody watches sports to see mediocrity. Fans and media alike are there to find the exceptional. Armstrong's story was too good to be true, and we didn't care.

This brings me to Te'o's story, one which has probably not come to a conclusion. I recall when I first heard the story of Te'o playing through his girlfriend's death, and several questions came to mind: 1) If that was the love of his life, why didn't he make every effort to go to California - even if he wasn't able to attend the funeral? 2) If they were that close, why didn't her family hold the funeral at a time he could attend? And, 3) Why had his parents never met her?

But despite all of these things which struck me as strange, I bought it. Like most everyone else, I bought it because it was the story being sold - and it was a sensational one at that.

We now know better. We now know both of these stories were bogus.

Part of me wonders why a publication like Sports Illustrated didn't do the fact checking required to show Lennay Kekua doesn't exist. Part of me wonders why so few reporters - outside of what seemed at the time to be a jaded French tabloid horde - took the story of Armstrong's doping seriously while he was doing it.

But I know better about this as well. We - fans and media alike - wanted to believe the great story. We wanted to buy in to something out of the ordinary and exceptional.

And we were duped.

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  • easystreet Jan 23, 9:46 p.m.

    Okay....troll....I am waiting! Wonder how many people would like to meet you in person. It will never happen as long as you can hide behind the keyboard!!

  • easystreet Jan 23, 9:41 p.m.

    TBK.....eat it and and die! OK.....it bit on the troll thing! I'd like to know how many decent folks have found distaste with you. Please find another irritating life.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Jan 22, 1:02 p.m.

    Who would have ever thought that Lance Armstrong has more scruples than Carolina?>

    At least HE admitted cheating!

  • Killing Time Jan 21, 10:04 p.m.

    I saw the headline and thought they were giving the weekly update from kerlina

    — Posted by Killing Time

    Me too!!

    — Posted by uncsuckz

    Link to....ANYTHING....you see, read, or hear, that DOESN'T make you think of Carolina?

    Thanks... View More

    — Posted by Lux Libertas

    You really want me to link to those pictures of your sister then?

  • Lux Libertas Jan 21, 9:19 p.m.

    I saw the headline and thought they were giving the weekly update from kerlina

    — Posted by Killing Time

    Me too!!

    — Posted by uncsuckz

    Link to....ANYTHING....you see, read, or hear, that DOESN'T make you think of Carolina?

    Thanks ever so much...

  • Hammerhead Jan 21, 11:00 a.m.

    "We now know better. We now know both of these stories were bogus."

    Yes we do, and if... View More

    — Posted by PanthersFan45

    Yet by all accounts were silent while all of the records were being broken. Did they know or suspect that Sosa, McGwire, et al were juiced or not?

  • PanthersFan45 Jan 21, 10:26 a.m.

    "We now know better. We now know both of these stories were bogus."

    Yes we do, and if you recall the baseball HOF writers feel the same way about thier sport too (PED Issue, Records & HOF admittance). Integrity means something to some people and I'm glad they are finally calling it out. Your performance should be based on your natural ability, and not be a result of a "feel good" story or inflated records that get you noticed.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Jan 21, 9:00 a.m.

    A week of lies and deception

    Just another NORMAL week at Carolina!

  • jcd241959 Jan 21, 8:03 a.m.

    OOPS!! i saw the headline and thought they were talking about our president....oh wait...that's... View More

    — Posted by ugottabkiddinme

    That's what I was thinking.

  • uncsuckz Jan 21, 7:09 a.m.

    I saw the headline and thought they were giving the weekly update from kerlina

    — Posted by Killing Time

    Me too!!

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