Once you get past the excuses and carefully crafted apologies -- a place everyone from Sergio Garcia to Roy Hibbert, Julie Hermann to Gordon Gee to John Tortorella has been lately -- we're left with prickly questions.
Did you notice what happened to those who dared to criticize or voice their discomfort with Jason Collins' announcement? They're the ones who found themselves isolated, under attack and pressured to remain silent.
Even Nike has had enough? Wednesday's news of the company's split with Lance Armstrong is a remarkable twist in the cyclist's accelerating spiral from heroic cultural icon to disgraced champion and unconscionable liar.