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Spring Semester CEE News

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship has started another busy semester! Here is an update on some of our activities since the start of the new year:

We have our first Guest Speaker of the semester, Professor Arielle John, visiting next week (more details Monday).

Professor Shawn Klein has provided his thoughts on sports ethics and the Lance Armstrong confession to various media outlets, including CNN, Coach and Athletic Director Magazine, WREX 13 News, and CKNW Morning News (Search January 18 on the 6 a.m. hour; Dr. Klein’s segments are around the 10 minute and 20 minute marks).

Professor Stephen Hicks gave lectures in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Panama City, Panama, and Houston, Texas, was interviewed for the Cosmoetica blog, and appeared on David Hutzelman’s Public Affairs Public Access TV program (The full interview video is embedded below).

Shawn Klein to be Featured on WREX 13 News

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Channel 13 News came by the CEE office today to interview Dr. Shawn Klein about sports ethics and Lance Armstrong’s use of performance enhancing drugs. Watch WREX Morning News (January 18) or check out their video page if you missed it.

A short article about the interview was posted here.

Check the Sports Ethicist blog for further updates.

Shawn Klein on Lance Armstrong’s Doping Confession

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Lance Armstrong’s much-publicized interview with Oprah, in which he reportedly confesses to using performance enhancing drugs, will air tonight (January 17, 9pm ET, OWN). CNN asked columnists, authors, and sportswriters whether we should “give Lance another chance.” CEE professor Shawn Klein was among the responses CNN published. Dr. Klein wrote:

“After years of adamant denials and protestations of his innocence, Lance Armstrong has reportedly come forward to admit his use of prohibited performance enhancing drugs. If Armstrong is sincerely contrite and forthright in his apology, most people, including myself, will forgive him for his use of prohibited drugs.

He cheated in a sport known for its widespread cheating; that doesn’t justify his use but it does put his actions into an understandable context that makes it easier to excuse the use. Further, if Armstrong cooperates with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, his lifetime ban from cycling ought to be reduced to something more reasonable.

The more troubling aspects of the Armstrong case are the allegations that he harassed and intimidated team members and potential whistle-blowers. Violating the arbitrary rules of a sport shows a character flaw and poor judgment, but it is hard to see who else is truly harmed by such actions. But to threaten, intimidate and coerce others (either to use performance enhancing drugs themselves or to cover up his team’s use) causes real harm.

Even if only some of these reports are accurate, Armstrong will have to do more than sit on Oprah’s couch to earn forgiveness.”

Read more opinions on Armstrong’s confession here.

Related: Shawn Klein on the arguments against the use of performance enhancing technologies.