James Irvin swallows his pride

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Coming clean: James Irvin admits he used painkillers -- and he never wants to use them again.

Taking responsibility for shaky behavior is an admirable thing. Unfortunately, very few athletes tagged with infractions ranging from fouls to substance use find value in copping to it.

Hermes Franca's candid "I did it because I felt I had to" confession after being popped for steroids in 2007 was met with sympathy and no appreciable loss of respect; fighters who deny even looking at cough syrup are fooling only the very na