Do you ever watch an athlete making a press conference to let the public know that he or she is not involved in any type of steroid scandal?
Are you sick and tired of them saying they are innocent?
It has gotten to the point that athletes are making it harder for their fans to believe that they aren't involved in any type of situation dealing with performance-enhancing drugs.
Last week, famous track star Marion Jones broke down in front of the world as she admitted to steroid usage.
During the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Jones looked forward to attempting to win five gold medals in track and field.
Although she did win five, not all of them were gold.
She won gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4x400 relay, and the bronze in the long jump and the 4x100 relay.
After the Olympics, Jones was considered an athletic icon.
She had the endorsements, she had the medals, and she had the money, then she admitted to her usage of "the clear," a steroid that is applied through the skin.
It was reported that she started taking it "unintentionally" in 1999.
Her coach told her it was flaxseed oil.
Where have I heard that statement before?
This mess baffles me. Why do athletes do this to themselves? I understand that a reputation is on the line, but it honestly looks worse when you get caught.
I'm sure Jones' ex-husband, C.J. Hunter, is laughing his way silly after she admitted it. Hunter outed her a few years ago shortly after they divorced.
Hunter was banned from participating in the 2000 Olympics after he tested positive for steroids.
Oddly enough, Jones went on to date another world-famous track athlete, Tim Montgomery.
Like Jones, he also was a gold medallist in the Olympics and he, too, was also caught using banned substances.
They have a kid together, so don't be surprised if the use of performance-enhancing drugs runs in the family.
As I saw Jones breakdown after going before a judge to admit her mistakes, I had to wonder if I felt sorry for her or not.
Here is a woman on top of her game. She is one of the most recognizable female athletes in the world. And I saw her in shambles realizing that she literally has nothing left.
She recently went bankrupt earlier this year.
Why can't these athletes admit their fault when they are first confronted about these allegations and spare us from drama?
They try so hard to maintain their "cleanliness."
My favorite part is when these athletes wave their fingers denying their guilt.
It seems to be more of an indicating device when their finger starts waving around.
Think about it. We all remember Rafael Palmeiro when he was before Congress that fateful day on March 17, 2005.
Palmeiro waved his finger in front of them and said that he had never, ever taken steroids.
When he did that, it was like I had to believe him.
He would not do such a thing, right?
Man, was my face red when we found out that he was using steroids.
We also are still wondering about Barry Bonds.
I know it's innocent until proven guilty, but what can I possibly say about this man that already has not been said?
Most of us are waiting for him to just say that he did it. There have been so many people that have turned his name in, and he has yet to be caught?
How in the world is that possible?
I just don't understand how difficult it is for people to give this guy a random drug test, so we can, once and for all, find out if he is clean or not.
What about Floyd Landis?
After he won the Tour De France in 2006, Landis tested positive for human growth hormone.
He proclaimed his innocence for a more than a year. He even had time to write a book. Even Lance Armstrong was on his side, and Armstrong has been under the microscope since he won his first tour in 1999.
The sad part about Landis' situation is that all this time he believes that he has been falsely accused, but he got banned from the sport and was stripped of his title.
To this day he still says he was clean.
I want to believe him, but thanks to Jones' public breakdown, it's so tough to determine which athletes are clean and which ones are not.
Sports continues to be tainted in more dirt these days. Obviously, baseball is always going to be priority number one when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs.
Now we may see drug testing in golf as early as next season.
Are you kidding me?
How awkward would that be if you saw a story about Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson being banned from golf because the "clear" helped them improve their drives.
I know that athletes don't have to be role models, but they are public figures.
Fans flock to worship those who excel in their sport because they are good, but when it turns out that they had a little help from a "friend" via the needle, a cream or a clear substance, it just makes it that much difficult to believe anymore in athletes that deny using steroid or performance-enhancing drugs.