Lying your way to the top

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11/14/2011| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Lying your way to the top

Sometimes you realize that your sport's hero is just a guy with faults of his own.

commitment to this sport, passion runs deep and those who have sullied that reputation are targets for hate. Riders like Papp, Landis, Hamilton and even Lance Armstrong have had targets painted on their backs. And thanks to the Internet, people can anonymously snipe away at these riders.

If you're a Papp hater there is no way I'm going to convince you otherwise. However, after interviewing him I saw a guy who has paid a massive price for his crimes, both from a physical, mental and financial point of view. It will take many years to get himself out of where he is now - under house arrest with two and a half years probation to follow. And I'm hoping, in the same way that I hope for anyone else that is in trouble, that he's able to pull his nose up out of this dive. I want to take a moment to be clear - while the above riders may have tarnished your ideal vision of the sport, it's time to put it in perspective. I was going to write that people should save that type of hate for the mass killers in the world - but I'm not even sure that is healthy. Hate like that festers inside and only does harm to yourself. By all means you should be disappointed in the riders and their actions. But as you know by reading the news, life isn't fair and many of our heroes can disappoint us - some with more serious flaws than others. However, the stories about lost jobs and starving children deserve far more of our attention.

The reason I went into this rather long jag about lying and being lied to is Velonation reported that Alberto Contador is employing the use of a lie detector for his defense to show that he didn't intentionally dope with clenbuterol. In addition to the lie detector Team Contador has hired a host of experts in hematology, anti-doping experts and according to Velonation, a police officer who will testify about the origin of the mystery meat that Pistolero is blaming for his positive result.

As someone who has taken a lie detector test I can tell you that the name can be a bit misleading. This machine measures slight changes in the subject's blood pressure. A deviation from a base line score indicates stress which might mean the person is being less than honest. Failing a lie detector will not get you hired at a job, but as evidence in a court of law it's a bit more tricky. It's an interesting move by the defense to introduce the results from a lie detector as evidence to his truthfulness. For a person to pass a lie detector test they have to believe their statement - it doesn't matter if it's true or not - they just need to believe it. Has Contador repeated his tainted meat story so often that it has become believable to him? I would wager that's what has happened. And as I continue to read the article there

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