colder and wiser wrote:
Taking his own life does not make him the victim. It doesn't excuse what he did. It's just one more way that he deceived and hurt people he claimed to be helping. He put himself in this position by a decade's worth of choices. If he couldn't live without an illusion that he had constructed, he should not have invested so much in building that illusion.
I read every single post on every single page on the thread, and I think it was actually one of LRC's finer moments. People argued on the basis of fact and dug up hard evidence. Posters who wanted to get into Frank's personal or work life got talked out of it.
But don't tell me that we should have just ignored it because there was no harm in it and age-group running doesn't matter. Running matters. Races matter. Letting one guy's decade-long cheating spree stand tells millions of middle-aged guys like me that one of the few things we've got going for us is meaningless.
If you want to lock or delete threads, target the groundless doping speculation, or the threads that give free rein to racism, or the gross comments about high school girls' weight. But let the facts speak.
People wondered what the truth was. They discovered it. Frank was invited to join the world of truth, and declined.
It was not one of LRC’s finest moments at all. Like all cheater threads, there were many trying to take things too far and hoping gleefully that he’s lose his livelihood and have to stop coaching as well. Abhorrent.