Hey everyone here makes judgements about athletes all day long on this site.... 'oh, I'm really crushed that so and so was caught doping. He's one of my favorite athletes and seems like a really good guy. I could never believe he would cheat.' blah blah blah
All the time, from Marion Jones all down the line.
What do any of us REALLY know about these athletes?!?! Relatively nothing.
We only judge them on their appearance and performance, and that's what I'm doing. Same as you! Just a very different opinion.
p.s. Matt ran the 800m for only 4 yrs in his entire life! (He should have stayed with the 400m - Pac 10 champ (45.19pb) and 4 x 100 champ), but that's another discussion.) But basically, like somebody working in a big company, he just realized it was too much work to go any further, so let me take a nice secure job where I don't have to push myself, don't have to work late, just do the same thing over and over, and I can pick up a paycheck. Many people do it and have their reasons, and I can respect that; but I don't think athletics is the place for that. Sport at its core is about competing, pushing yourself...not about playing it safe and picking up a paycheck. Yes, this is MY opinion.
p.p.s. and still....why can't he actually compete every now and then?! I mean he's still training! Wouldn't you want to know how fast you can actually run, even if you know it won't be world class!