Cheaters never prosper: Brady, A-Rod, and Armstrong

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

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When athletes use performance-enhancing drugs, they damage the competitive reputation of sports, which isn’t fair for all the honest athletes that work hard to perfect their skills.

Cheaters never prosper, even athletes as famous as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, and cycling champion Lance Armstrong.

Brady, who won his 3rd Super Bowl MVP this year and his 4th championship, came under fire when his team was accused of underinflating footballs in the American Football Conference Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts on January 18.  After a lengthy investigation with enough confusing twists and turns to give Inspector Gadget a headache, the Patriots were fined 1 million dollars and lost 2 draft picks, while Brady was suspended 4 games.

Earlier this year, Major League Baseball player “A-Rod” apologized to his fans with a handwritten note, taking full responsibility for the cheating that led to his suspension in 2014. In 2013, Anthony Bosch, the founder of a Florida health clinic called Biogenesis, admitted on CBS’ 60 Minutes that he personally injected “A-Rod” with performance-enhancing drugs. This year, Bosch was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison, for illegally supplying steroids and other similar drugs to professional baseball players and even high school athletes.

Meanwhile, disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong was ordered to pay $10 million to a Dallas-based company that insured his bonuses for winning the Tour de France. Back in 2013, Armstrong publicly confessed on Oprah that his record-breaking 7 victories at the Tour de France competition between 1999 and 2005 were done on performance-enhancing drugs. His downfall was especially tragic since he had overcome cancer after being diagnosed in 1996, and even had a profitable cancer charity with the Livestrong Foundation.

Featured image courtesy of Jeffrey Beall, Keith Allison, Paul Coster on Wikipedia.