Just ask Roger Clemens – indicted for lying to Congress. Ouch, now that is some pain. A few months back we pointed to the world of sports and performance enhancing drugs as an example of why admitting mistakes is a far better course of action than unfounded denial. Thank you again Floyd Landis for the lesson. And in the event anyone needed additional reinforcement, Mr. Clemens bubbles up in the news today.
Own It…Even When It Hurts seems to be almost naive at this point; folksy in a way. It is bad enough when your reputation is in tatters and your legacy is tainted. However couple that with a federal indictment and you have real pain. As if anyone needed to have the lesson driven home; there is no way around the truth – admit, apologize and move on. Alex Rodriquez came clean (relatively) once he was caught. He is fine and his career continues – all is forgiven. Roger Clemens painted himself into a corner and kept up the charade – he is in a real mess. Liars pay in the end. The form of payment might change, but the pain is always real.
Truth be told I fear for what might be coming in the world of sports and high-profile athletes. There are some very damming accusations and innuendo being bantered about. I just hope that if there is a truth to be told, the lesson of Roger Clemens is heeded. It is obvious the Federal Government has taken an interest. Unfortunately, it should not take the threat of jail to get to the truth, but that is the world in which we live. Maybe these high-profile “falls from grace” will help bring back that folksy idea of owning it even when it hurts…maybe.