Three individuals who committed (allegedly) crimes and steadfastly continue to maintain their innocence. Here we have three folks who most people can agree are liars. To various degrees for sure, but liars nonetheless.
It got me thinking about the culture of lies in our country. O.J. was the original liar-extraordinaire for my generation. Here’s a dude that butchers, and I mean butchers, his ex-wife and her friend, is nearly completely indicted by the evidence, and yet walks free (well, Karma caught up to him, but that’s another post).
Then there’s that piece of waste, Jerry Sandusky, who so completely took advantage of the cult of personality that was Joe Paterno that his crimes were unreported for over a decade. Multiple victims have come forth to corroborate the original accusers and yet this guy completely denies…and I mean on a wholesale basis, his horrific actions.
Finally, there’s the golden boy, Lance Armstrong. Yes, his crimes pale in comparison to the first two, but the clinical psychology remains the same. Deny at all costs, indict your accusers, mount a well funded campaign of misinformation. Are these guys psychopaths or just well-to-do liars with the means to continue the ruse in the media?
To anyone in the cycling world (and I worked in it briefly) the story of Armstrong and his doping/intimidation was well known if not well documented. The USADA finally put together a comprehensive picture of his activities this year and Armstrong continued the lie by deflecting responsibility and refusing to face the charges…a smart move clearly calculated by his handlers to reduce damage to his cancer foundation.
They all maintain their innocence in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. In O.J.’s case, his continued psychotic behavior landed him, effectively, a life sentence on unrelated charges. Sandusky continues to molest his victims through his pathetic attempt to rehabilitate his image. And Armstrong will likely never do the right thing and continue to deny his widespread pattern of doping. Will this hurt his cancer foundation? I don’t know and I hope it doesn’t. Will the continued lies hurt him personally? Who knows…I can just suspect that if O.J.’s lesson doesn’t teach him anything, nothing will.
In my fifty-one years on this planet, I have personally observed one immutable law: Karma=Bitch.