In case you missed it, this weekend saw Barry Bonds tie Hank Aaron’s career home run record. I watched the various stories and how the record was presented. Generally, most news coverage gave the record most of the press and doping suspicion was contained deep within the article. On the whole, the press gave the home run fair coverage. Television, on the other hand was overwhelmingly positive with little mention of steroid use.
I was impressed with some quotes from Hank Aaron. He has been deliberately avoiding most media requests. He has stated that if he accepts too many interviews, his comments and his story will take away from the story on the field.
To paraphrase Hank, he said that he has had his time and that is over. Therefore, he should not take any of the limelight away from the players playing today. This is their time. He will not directly comment on doping or compare his “clean” records to any “suspicious” records set today. He does not believe that is his place. Pure class.
Now, look at the immaturity in our sport. I will not rail against the media coverage of our sport. I will not rant on the competency of the leadership of cycling or the Grand Tours. I think you know that one anyway. But I would like Mr. Greg LeMond to take a lesson from Hank. You should no longer be part of the story. Let those on the roads today write their story for better or worse. And for the rest of the sport’s governing bodies. Take a lesson of what class looks like.