Did anyone watch the Friday night episode of 20/20 profiling Victor Conte and the BALCO “scandal”? I have to say that I was totally impressed by VC’s demeanor and his answers to all questions. He really didn’t try to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes (like I thought he would), and there was little mention of how “dangerous” the drugs were.
Most importantly, I like the fact that he repeatedly mentioned that he was simply leveling the playing field, because so many people use drugs. I can’t imagine that this got through to many people though… He also bore full responsibility for his actions (maybe this was indeed an attempt to pull the wool over our eyes).
The only criticism I have, is that they didn’t show any mention of the responsibility held by sports viewers for creating the “drug monster”. VC alluded to it, but any possible further mention was deleted.
Overall I was left with a positive feeling about the whole situation and VC himself (maybe some eyes will begin to open to the reality of the situation because of this). BUT I must ask if I am simply biased because I expected the worst, and did not see it.
Let us know what you thought.