Sports scandals shed negative light

by Mike Pink, Staff Reporter

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 9.50.30 AMThe recent discoveries of Lance Armstrong getting caught for doping along with Manti Te’o getting “catfished” sheds a negative light on the integrity of sports and strays from the true meaning.

In this day in age, seeing a major athlete get in trouble for performance enhancing drugs (PED) is not uncommon. Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Shawne Merriman are a few of the major athletes who were caught. The younger generation of athletes are coming in faster and stronger. The older athletes need to keep the competitive edge, so they resort to PED’s. I don’t blame the older generation for using PED’s because the current atmosphere of sport’s leaves no other option but embarrassment.

Armstrong was the best cycler in the world for over a decade; not many Americans liked cycling before Armstrong rose up into the elite ranks. The “Lance Armstrong situation” is the only one that will hurt its own sport. Cycling is going to become forgotten about in the United States.

On the other hand, Te’o was lied to about his online “girlfriend.” I feel bad for the guy even if you hate Notre Dame. The spotlight was on Te’o for weeks and he couldn’t do anything about it. If anything, the Te’o situation will hurt online dating sites instead of football.

The media blew these situations out of proportion. It was annoying to only see stories about Armstrong and Te’o for weeks after they happened.