Jonathan's Vaughters Darker Side Exposed

Is this Jonathan's first time to expose that he was once a doper? Either way, great article in the NYTimes on doping in cycling and sports and the journey a Denver kid took that killed his dream to race.

The choice to kiss your childhood dream goodbye or live with a dishonest heart is horrid and tearing. I’ve been there, and I know. I chose to lie over killing my dream. I chose to dope. I am sorry for that decision, and I deeply regret it. The guilt I felt led me to retire from racing

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Really? The only way to end

Really? The only way to end PED use is better enforcement? Taking a cue from the Criminal Justice system, it's pretty clear that the success of simply increasing enforcement for all manner of criminal behaviors is minimal at best. Increased testing/enforcement and stiffer punishments generally does not deter most types of crime. Given the prolonged history of PED use in cycling and the current market realities of the sport, seems to me that the very culture of the sport must change (particularly at the pro level). Specifically, this must involve making PED use as socially unacceptable as other forms of cheating. Of course this will not completely end PED use any more than better social and criminal justice policies will end crime but I think it will lower the incidences of PED use.

Here’s the thing on JV that I

Here’s the thing on JV that I find ‘less than honorable’. For some time I and others have suspected that he doped during his career, as previous statements he’s made have in so many words said so (or at least implied so). He decides to give up his dream as a pro cyclist, most likely coming to the realization that even with his doping activity he still wasn’t as big a player in the sport as he hoped to be. He immediately goes on an anti-doping crusade, but he doesn’t confess at the time. Of course not, he’s still trying to establish himself in the team management side of the sport and being a confessed doper won’t further his goals.

For many years, as he moves up the ladder of success (arguably much more successful as a team owner than as a rider) he continues his anti-doping crusade. This is good, but it would be better if he confessed. He doesn’t. Not yet. Not even after hiring at least one ex-doper, one who has confessed, albeit only after having been caught.

Now we finally get a confession from JV. Why now? My guess is that he’s tied to the Armstrong investigation and perhaps the USADA had something on him, too. So, they pressure him to make a statement against LA that can only carry any evidentiary weight if he implicates himself. So, to save himself from charges, he accepts immunity IF he testifies against LA. Now that we’re likely weeks if not days away from all of this coming out anyway, he finds the moral courage (yeah, right) to confess publicly. Nonsense. Nothing courageous about this at all, it’s just damage control from someone who’s admitted that he didn’t have the strength of his convictions to do the right thing when it mattered.

He can make his confessions now because he’s finally reached a point where he’s entrenched in the management side of things, and besides, the truth was going to come out anyway. Nothing brave or honorable about that.

Mt. Evans Wins?

2003 Jonathan Vaughters 1:49:29 - 2nd - Drew Miller-Trek VW 1:49:34
2002 Scott Moninger 1:50:20
2001 Scott Moninger 1:46:56
2000 Scott Moninger 1:49:42
1999 Jonathan Vaughters - 2nd ?
1998 Scott Moninger 1:52:16
1997 Jonathan Vaughters 1:53:54 - 2nd ?

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