TammyThomas

Ethics In Sports

About Tammy

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IMG_0240 (5)Hello, and welcome to my blog!

My name is Tammy Thomas.

I goofed up.

I really messed up.

I made some really bad mistakes.

I wanted to win in sports, and it cost me EVERYTHING!

As a youth growing up in a small Mississippi town, I was active in my church and close to God. Basically, I was a goody two-shoes. It was easy for me to see where the line between right and wrong was drawn, and I wouldn’t dare cross it. But there came a point when I decided to see what was on the other side of the fence. That’s when life got messy.

This blog was created because I want others to learn from my mistakes. I lost everything as a sportswoman due to my desire to win. During my quest to become an Olympic champion, I found myself trapped by sexually abusive coaches and my own poor decisions. After becoming a member of the United States Cycling Team, my meteoric climb into the elite world of international cycling was halted by several positive tests for steroids, and I became the first cyclist to receive a lifetime ban for doping. I was also the first person to stand trial for my involvement in the BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative) case—made infamous by Barry Bonds—that rocked Major League Baseball, the NFL, and Olympic sports, and was branded a felon for life.

I’m going to do my best to try and prevent what happened to me from happening to someone else’s daughter—someone else’s little girl. My goal is to use ethics to remind all of those who compete in sports, from amateur youth to professional athletes, what’s at stake when lines are crossed. But I’m here to remind everyone that cheating happens in society and the workplace everyday, too. Fair warning, though—I don’t always blog about myself. When I’m not blogging about my own story, I blog about other recent events concerning ethics in sports.

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Adios! I look forward to providing you with educational content on ethics in sports!