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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ricco Fails.

Riccardo Ricco, the Italian cyclist who tested positive for EPO during the Tour de France, has come forward and apologized for his mistake. The 24-year-old made a statement after his closed-door hearing with the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor Ettore Torri today.

"What I did during the Tour is done. I made a mistake and the mistake is only mine," Ricco said. "I have always won with my own legs. Unfortunately, I've made a mistake and I will pay for it."

I wonder, though, if what Ricco did qualifies as a mistake. Based on the definition of "mistake," Ricco would have had to have acted through carelessness, insufficient knowledge or a misunderstanding. I'm pretty sure that, in taking a banned substance to improve his performance, his decision was thought out and calculated and that he had a full understanding of what could happen if he were caught.

Look, there are a lot of stupid people [myself not excluded] who make mistakes on the regular, but are innocent in their actions, however dumb they may be. Ricco's decision was wrong , but should he seek sympathy by calling it a mistake?

I'd rather he just said, "Look, I'm sorry I tried to cheat." And failed.

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