There’s a difference between simply cheating like everyone else, denying with every breath you can muster like everyone else, getting caught like unlucky few, and then getting on a speaking tour circuit vs. deciding to writing a book professing your innocence , dedicating it to every name in your family, and starting a foundation to raise a million dollars from your supporters. I don’t owe you my empathy because ’everyone else is doing it’. But I can name a person who owes at least one million dollars.
“Let me be specific: I am a bicycle racer who makes frames, not a framebuilder who races. And all these years, the sport has driven me, taken me places, has been my muse and mistress, and has also confounded me to no end on the worst of the bad days.”—The Bicycle, The Sport, And Me | RICHARD SACHS CYCLES