AUSTIN, Texas - August 23rd, 2012 - There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, "Enough is enough."
These are your words. The words of a man who has been hounded and persecuted. Dogged by accusations of cheating simply because he was able to beat people who were cheating without doing so himself. A man who is "finished with this nonsense".
And if you are finished, and facing losing all your titles and being banned for life, the best thing to do is to tell people you are giving up. That the odds were always against you and you could never win. Call it a "witch hunt" and a "charade" started "out of spite", then when you stop fighting you can still say you did it for pure intentions. You can say you didn't lose, you just gave up the fight.
Live Strong; Give Up. That's the spirit.
"The toughest event in the world where the strongest man wins." That's what you said. I think you meant the event where everyone said you cheated. And to be fair it's not like cheats haven't won it in the past. In fact between 1996 and 2010 only two winners weren't cheats.
But you're not giving up really, you're refocusing.
"We have a lot of work to do and I'm looking forward to an end to this pointless distraction." You will no longer lay awake at night with that itch. That awful nagging feeling that people don't believe you. That no amount of yellow bracelets and fundraising will shake the idea that you weren't the all-American hero. That sinking feeling in your gut that comes in the middle of the night and interrupts your sleep. You are a cheat and the only argument that you aren't has passed you by.