Skip to comments.Why Lance Armstrong has my sympathy
Posted on 01/17/2013 12:08:06 PM PST by TexasCajun
Consider this: You and I have now won the Tour de France as many times as Lance Armstrong.
In case you need a quick recap: After more than a year of investigating, in June 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) charged Armstrong with using illicit performance-enhancing drugs. In August, it stripped Armstrong of all competitive results from August 1998 on, and announced that he was banned from competitive cycling for life. In October, the sports governing body, UCI, accepted USADAs recommended sanctions. By early November, nearly all of his sponsors had dropped him (including Nike, Anheuser-Busch, RadioShack and Oakley). In mid-November, Armstrong resigned from the board of directors of his foundation, Livestrong. Yet despite all this, and even though 26 of his former teammates have offered damning evidence against him, including several who admit to doping with him, Armstrong hasnt publicly admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs.
But thats about to change because of who else? Oprah. The AP is reporting that Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in his recent interview with Oprah, which airs Thursday night on OWN. Ill be watching not just to see an admission of guilt, but to see an admission that hes an addict, just like me, and needs help, just like I did.
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I also abused a substance to improve my life. Mine was alcohol, but the effect was the same. And of course theres the denial, which most of us addicts engaged in for years before getting help and which in Armstrongs case seems rather epic.
POS Armstrong needs to return all of the money he took from the US Postal Service in sponsorship fees or go to jail for fraud.
He had a good run. He lied. He destroyed people who pointed out his lies. He got destroyed. Karma.
Yep Lance is an addict... now he can get his titles back under the Americans with Disabilities Act.... Maybe a nice Handicapped placard for his bike.
Thats she’s not,,
Praying for you, Laurie.
Him too, I guess.
The USPS has spend 30 Million sponsoring Lance over the years.
The USPS is considering suing him and could get treble damages.
He doped/cheated. So did everyone else in cycling.
He lied about it. So did everyone else in cycling.
When he got caught, he denied it. So did everyone else in cycling.
When called to task for it, he used every option available to him the harass, threaten, and smear his accusers. Okay, maybe not like everyone else in cycling, but few have ever had nearly as much to lose as Armstrong did.
It doesn’t excuse him. It doesn’t make him a “good guy”. i just don’t think he’s the dastardly villain he’s being portrayed as — just no better or worse than every other cheat in the sport, who reacted in proportion to what he stood to lose. Frankly, the best punishment is for everyone to ignore him.
Remind me again, how many Americans is Armstrong responsible for killing in Benghazi???
When I first heard about Armstrong’s interview with Oprah, I was completely shocked. Who knew she still had an audience?
First of all, I don't think we even know yet with certainty exactly what drugs Armstrong was taking. Secondly, I'm not aware of any research showing that things like HGH and the types of testosterone-boosters that most athletes typically take are "addictive". Comparing them to excessive use of alcohol strikes me as misleading and fallacious.
I wonder if he’s ever going to bay back the US Postal Service all the money they put into sponsoring him so that they might be able to make their retirement plan payments.
Armstrong needs to pay back the millions in sponsorship dollars he stole from the US Postal Service or go to prison for fraud.
Wow. It looks like a lot of us are on the same page.
The only substance I use to improve my life is caffeine. That doesn’t mean I have tried others. They didn’t work.
He left his wife after she stayed with him through his cancer. For me that said a lot about him.
My problem with Lance isn’t the PEDs, his whole sport does it. My problem is the character assassination he used to defend himself. That’s unforgivable.
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