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Sally Jenkins goes after Barry Bonds again. A few weeks ago she said if Bonds had any honor he’d lay down his bat rather than break Hank Aaron‘s home run record. In her latest Washington Post column she said she’s “cringing” at the thought the second-most-accused-drug cheat in sports history is on the verge of passing Aaron.
Jenkins never publicly cringed or asked history’s most-accused-drug-cheat, Lance Armstrong, to bow out during his record-breaking string of Tour de France wins. No, Jenkins cashed in on Armstrong’s amazing feats, co-writing not one but two best-selling autobiographies (It’s Not About the Bike; Every Second Counts) with the cyclist.
Forgetting all the doping accusations against Armstrong, whose name was left out of both Jenkins’ recent columns on cheating in sports, the recent history of Tour stars sure leads one to believe that her co-author was some kind of juicer. Quick recap: The winner of this year’s race, Spain’s Alberto Contador, missed last year’s event when he and his whole team were kicked out on doping charges. Contador only won because Michael Rasmussen of Denmark was kicked out of this year’s tour while leading on the last weekend because of doping. Last year’s winner, Floyd Landis, couldn’t defend his title because of doping. And before Landis, Armstrong won the previous seven Tours—-always under suspicion.
So we’re left to believe that either performance-enhancing drugs don’t work in cycling, or that Armstrong—-as the whole world outside the U.S. thinks—-used them, too. Out of fairness to Bonds, Jenkins should either stop cringing, reference Armstrong in all her profiles of alleged P.E.D.-ophiles, or sign up to co-author an autobiography with the future home-run king.