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Boonen Joins Pantheon of the Greats

Boonen and Friends

Pro cyclist Tom Boonen, a Belgian sprint specialist, has been banned from the 2008 Tour de France for cocaine use. Boonen joins the ranks of such great athletes as Daryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Michael Irvin and Kevin Stevens (who actually got busted with $500 of crack and a hooker, but we’ll count it) just to name a few.

Boonen apologized for his behavior at a press conference this week. His recent exploits also include drunk driving and speeding, which resulted in a loss of driving privileges (but thankfully no accidents or injuries). Boonen was also ratted out by cyclocross racer Tom Vanoppen, who claims the speedster provided him with cocaine.

As a show of confidence and support, the QuickStep team has renewed Boonen’s contract for another three years. Perhaps their directeur sportif, Dirk Demol, is hoping for a cocaine-fueled run of success like the 1986 Mets enjoyed. If nothing else, Boonen will have extra time this summer to spend with his 16-year-old girlfriend, Sophie Van Vliet.

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9 Comments

  1. jimmyJune 12, 2008 at 3:27 am

    does it matter what these guys are doing in their free time? of course drunk driving and speeding are dangerous to others around boonen, but if he wants to sit at home and snort a bunch of shit up his head after the days ride who is to say he can’t? as long as he isn’t harming anyone else i don’t see the problem – obviously his sponsor doesn’t mind, why should we?

  2. bartenderJune 12, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Why do we care what these people do at any time? They’re just ordinary people whose jobs happen to be of viewing interest to some people for a reason, which I cannot fathom. These people should be held to the same standard of laws as the rest of us. If the law states you’re not supposed to snort cocaine, then don’t do that unless you’re willing to live by the consequences. Not tough to figure out. If you don’t like the laws, you have many avenues to pursue to change them. Create a coherent argument for their appeal, take it the lawmakers, or become a lawmaker yourself. Perhaps move to another country that doesn’t have the same restrictions. Just quit whining about it and thinking the laws don’t apply to you because you’re a “celebrity”, whatever that means. Now, if you’re a politician, the laws really don’t apply to you… just ask the Kennedy’s. So there, another reason to become a lawmaker.

  3. Urban RiderJune 12, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I always knew Boonen was cool! HOT Girlfriend under 18, drugs, and he is, let’s admit it really fast on a bicycle(whether drug induced or not) and he gets a great vacation! And from the pic not a bad vacation either.

  4. jimmyJune 12, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    bartender, just because something is against the law doesn’t necessarily make it wrong. after all, the only difference between inebriating yourself via alcohol versus cocaine is that one is a”legal” drug and the other is not.

    if everyone always obeyed the law wouldn’t black people still be sitting in the back of the bus? anyway, who are these law makers and why should i be living my life the way they think? aren’t i the best judge of what is right and wrong for myself?

  5. tim zJune 17, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    word up. you guys should send him one of those “party time” hats. he could rep urban velo, blow lines, and still kick ass. go tom!

  6. JohnJune 18, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Funny how this is a bigger deal than his drunk driving, which can actually harm other people who aren’t his sponsors.

    He’s more of a classics guy any way. Won’t miss him on the Tour.

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  9. CrankMay 11, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Addictive personality. Let’s look into the future…drunk,addicted, alone, broke. Aint it a bitch when heroes die?

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