I met Levi Leipheimer only once and I almost never write about him. I cover Bay Area sports and Leipheimer is a Santa Rosa athlete and resident. I have admired his accomplishments on a bicycle, but now I don’t admire him at all. I have covered many drug cheats and it turns out, Leipheimer is just another one of them — a phony and a rules breaker.
He is kind of a hero in the 707, I guess, but that does not absolve him. He became famous and rich by cheating. How does that make him any different from Alex Rodriguez or Barry Bonds or Mark McGwire?
I am not always savvy about these things, but he seems to have received a reduced sentence for rolling over on Lance Armstrong. Armstrong didn’t roll over on him. He rolled over on Armstrong for his own self-interest, apparently not because he wanted to do the right thing.
In the article I read in the PD, Leipheimer said he had no choice but to dope. What a disgusting allegation. He had a million choices and he chose to cheat, chose to do it many times. He is trying to weasel out of his moral responsibility. I find that reprehensible.