Olympian swimmer Ryan Lochte can now include creating an international incident to his resume. Lochte and three other swimmers claimed they were robbed at gunpoint while in Rio de Janeiro. Lochte and his comrades eventually admitted to lying after a video discredited them.While drunk, the swimmers entered a gas station and caused a disturbance that included a broken restroom door. Armed security then contacted the police. Unfortunately, the media is giving Lochte more attention than fellow Olympians Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and Simone Biles.

Although Lochte’s lie was an isolated incident.Themost common athlete lie involves either marijuana or performance-enhancing drug (PED) use.

And when foreign substances are found in their urine, they often claim they don’t know how those drugs got into their bodies. It must have been the PED fairy.

Athletes lying about PED use iscommon

Anyone remember Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers? A few years ago, he tested positive for PED use; he blamed Dino Laurenzi Jr., the man who collected the urine sample. Braun’s lawyers hinted that Laurenzi Jr., could have tampered with the sample. In the end, Braun admitted to using a PED.

Why do athletes even bother lying? Any athlete considering telling a lie should refer to former MLB player Andy Pettitte. When he tested positive for using a PED, he admitted to it. He received praise for his honesty and the incident just faded away.

Ask baseball fans about him and they will remember him as a great player and standup guy. The media doesn’t make much of his PED use because admitting guilt doesn’t grab headlines like a lie and its cover up. Lochte and Braun, however, are in good company. Here are a few other famous athletes known for embellishing the truth:

Pete Rose: For many years, Pete Rose claimed he didn’t gamble on baseball games.

Years later, he confessed to what everyone already knew—he gambled on baseball. He claimed he only bet on his own team and received a lifetime ban from baseball.

Marion Jones: In the 2000 Olympics in Australia, she won three gold medals and two bronze medals. But she was later stripped of them after testing positive for PED use.

After many denials, she admitted to doping in 2007. And in 2008, she spent six months in jail for her involvement in a check fraud scheme.

Lance Armstrong: Armstrong was a great road racing cyclist. He won seven Tour de France competitions from 1999 to 2005. For many years, whispers of suspected doping hounded Armstrong. He consistently faced heavy scrutiny as an alleged cheater. But Armstrong always denied the allegations. In 2013, he sort of admitted to using drugs to improve his performance. He was stripped of his titles and banned from sports that follow theWorld Anti-Doping Agencycode.

Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod): The former Yankees and Mariners baseball player denied taking steroids. In 2009, Sports Illustrated published a story confirming that Rodriguez tested positive for steroid use.

Although his reputation took a hit, he still earned more than $200 million playing baseball.

Seemingly, greed often overrules common sense. Although Americans are forgiving, Rose, Armstrong, Rodriguez and Jones lost something more valuable than money—their honor. For instance, when people hear Rose’s name, they think gambling addict and liar instead of great baseball player. He even lied in his book “My Prison Without Bars.”

Is cheating and lying worth it? It depends on whom you ask. Although Rodriguez cheated to improve his performance, he still earned millions. The only real way to hit a cheater is financially. If a professional athlete is caught lying and cheating, team owners should be permitted to terminate the player’s contract.

Besides, it is fraud because a team owner is paying for what he considers a drug-free athlete.If you ask Alex Rodriguez if cheaters ever win, he may not respond with honesty, but he will smile whenever he visits his bank.

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