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From 15 October 2007 Issue

Revisiting a Milk Mustache Liar

On September 28, 2000, during the middle of the Summer Olympic
games in Sydney, Australia, I predicted in a Notmilk column:


"Does anybody doubt that Americans will be coming back from Australia
with sour cream and vanilla ice cream (the dairy industry milkstache
formula) applied to their upper lips?

The premier candidate for a milkstache will be Marion Jones, the
sprinter/long jumper who continues to strike Olympic Gold. She has
already won two Olympic gold medals, and has three more in her

Problem is, Marion's name has been tainted by her husband's
with steroid hormones. American shot putter CJ Hunter is married to
Marion. This man could substitute for the entire offensive line
of the Green Bay Packers - that's how big he is. Unfortunately, he is
not competing in this summer's Olympics because his enormous bulk was
artificially constructed with the help of a banned steroid hormone,

Nine months after returning home from the Olympics, Marion
Jones did her milk mustache ad, appearing in the June
18, 2001 issue of USA Today. In that ad Marion Jones asked:

"Wanna race?

Milk has nine essential nutrients
that active bodies need. It can't be
beat. And neither can I. Got milk?"


It took more than six years, but apparently Marion
has been beaten. The milk industry continues its
tradition of picking morally deficient losers to
represent their product.

Yesterday's (October 4, 2007) headline:

"Track star Marion Jones admits doping
before 2000 Sydney Games"

By The Associated Press

Marion Jones admitted using steroids before the 2000
Olympics in a recent letter to close family and friends,
The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Jones, a triple gold medalist in Sydney, said she took
"the clear" for two years, beginning in 1999, and that
she got it from former coach Trevor Graham, the newspaper
reported. Graham told her it was flaxseed oil.

"The clear" is a performance-enhancing drug linked to BALCO,
the lab at the center of a federal steroids investigation.
Until now, Jones had steadfastly denied she ever took any
kind of performance-enhancing drugs.

Jones also said she will plead guilty Friday in New York to
two counts of lying to federal agents about her drug use and
an unrelated financial matter, the Post reported."


Just for the record...I do not condemn an athlete for
taking performance enhancing drugs. There are many ways to
enhance performances. For example, many athletes routinely
take cortisone shots to allow them to compete through
painful injuries. Cortisone is a steroid hormone. We
unfairly draw lines between one performance enhancing drug
and another. Athletes who take steroid and protein hormones
do so and risk future injuries to their bodies, and that is
their choice, but steroid hormones do not build strong
bodies. Strong bodies are built in the gym after many
dedicated hours of working out. Such dedication is admirable.

I do, however, condemn athletes who betray children.
Athletes are role models. One would have to live in a
vacuum and have their head buried under the sand of the
South Sahara to not be aware of the milk controversy.
To pose for a milk mustache ad and take the $25,000 dairy
industry stipend is to suggest to children that milk is
the perfect food for them. That is a betrayal, and I root
with extreme passion for those athletes to fail. One
other famous female Olympian also betrayed the children
in the same manner and died for her error. The killer
s still free. See: 

For your lies and deceit, you are about to pay the
price, Marion. Lying under oath during the course
of a Senate judicial proceeding results in jail time.
The glory was just temporary, but the damage you did
to children for promoting milk will forever etch a
blot upon your legacy. Shame on you.

Robert Cohen 

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