How many times have we heard it? It ain't a foul unless the ref blows the whistle. It ain't cheating unless you get caught. It ain't illegal unless you get arrested. Danica Patrick knows it.
Not to advocate a world of obsessive rules, bureaucratic entanglements, and snitches, but really can we ever expect to make a dent (to coin a phrase) in cheating and drug-cheating if this attitude permeates the world? Don't hold your breath waiting for change. To the Seattle Times:
The CEO of U.S. Anti-Doping Agency isn't amused by driver's comment in Sports Illustrated: IndyCar driver Danica Patrick insists she was joking when she said using performance-enhancing drugs would only be cheating if she got caught.
Not so funny, said the leader of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Travis Tygart, USADA chief executive officer, said Patrick's comments, printed in Sports Illustrated, were "totally irresponsible."
"In one interview, she undercut what millions of parents try their best to teach their kids every day in this country, that winners never cheat and cheaters never win," Tygart said Monday.
In an interview with Dan Patrick published in Sports Illustrated, Danica Patrick was asked if she could take a performance-enhancing drug and not get caught, would she do it if it allowed her to win the Indianapolis 500.
"Well, then it's not cheating, is it? If nobody finds out?" she said.
Dan Patrick responded: "So you would do it?"
Danica's answer: "Yeah, it would be like finding a gray area. In motor sports, we work in the gray areas a lot. You're trying to find where the holes are in the rule book."
Danica Patrick, 27, later said she was joking and apologized in the event her comments came across differently.
"It was a bad joke," she said in an interview that appeared in USA Today.
Right, Danica, a joke. Like we believe that.