On Lance Armstrong's Confession: Human nature tens to forgive those who confess, by David Ezra, note by Larry Eder

David Ezra, author of Asterisk: Home Runs, Steroids, and the Rush to Judgment, had some comments on the upcoming mea culpa by Lance Armstrong. I thought you, dear readers, might find them interesting in light of tonights Oprah fest with Lance Armstrong, today's biggest sinner. 

Lance Armstrong, Boston Marathon 2008, photo by PhotoRun.net

This reader believes that Lance Armstrong's fall from grace will scare a few would be cheaters. Truth is, most who cheat with Performance Enhancing Drugs are pretty sophisticated. Lance was. The level that he orchestrated the delivery and implementation of his drug protocols, per media reports, was nothing if not astounding. 

At the end of the day, his world has come crashing down around him. He will be the poster child for athletes who cheated and thought that they could get away with it. 

Attorney and Doping Author David Ezra on Lance Armstrong Confession 
Says Ezra, human nature tends to forgive those who confess


IRVINE, CA - With speculation high that Lance Armstrong will publicly confess Thursday to using doping agents to enhance his athletic performance as the disgraced seven-time Tour de France former winner, Partner David Ezra of Berger Kahn is awaiting this confirmation with a complete lack of surprise.

Says Ezra, author of the 2008 doping book, Asterisk: Home Runs, Steroids, and the Rush to Judgment, "For at least six years, I've believed Armstrong had to be using performance enhancers."

Ezra's book examines the cultural, emotional, and environmental elements surrounding the 2007 downfall of Barry Bonds, taking a deeper look at the inner workings of steroid allegations and making a case that there is always more detail to any doping story, just like there surely is for Armstrong.

Says Ezra, "Many elite athletes who have confessed seem to fair better in terms of public opinion.  We do like to forgive.  On the other hand, there may be business associates and others who feel wronged or deceived, and they may want vengeance in court or otherwise."

ABOUT ASTERISK: Baseball is facing a crisis as it is riddled with accusations of steroid and drug abuse, testing, and debates about whether or not records will need to include an asterisk. In attorney David Ezra's book Asterisk, he explores the public trials of the baseball community and asks questions such as, Are accusations of steroid use justified? Or do today's well-trained players, whose teams play in newly constructed ballparks, shatter records because the game has changed?

ABOUT DAVID EZRA: David Ezra is the principal at Berger Kahn's Irvine office, and practices in the areas of employment and insurance law. Ezra was named as a Top 5 Orange County Employment Law Attorney from 2009 - 2012 by OC Metro and to the list of Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers from 2010 - 2012.http://bergerkahn.com/our-people/david-b-ezra/


ABOUT BERGER KAHN: Berger Kahn is a California-based law firm with practice areas including insurance coverage and litigation, business litigation, labor and employment, serious personal injury, wrongful death, and subrogation. www.bergerkahn.com  https://www.facebook.com/BergerKahnLaw?sk=info

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