My moral dilemma of the afternoon is a prized photo that has followed me around for a number of years, shot by my AJC colleague Brant Sanderlin.
In the picture, a desperate 11-year-old boy named Samuel Douglas, wrapped in an American flag, urges on his hero Lance Armstrong during an uphill pull during a Rome time trial, part of the 2004 Tour de Georgia.
The photo sits in the office, next to a Sarah Palin movie bill. The question is, what to do with it? The young man and his passion were real. It is the cyclist who turned out to be fake.
On an opposite wall hangs an autographed photo of Levi Leipheimer, another cyclist, who has also confessed to engaging in doping as one of Armstrong’s wheelmen. The Los Angeles Times says Leipheimer, 38, has been suspended by his current team.
A bad day for people with heroes.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider