He is a fraudster and a cheat and should be thrown in prison for lying, cheating and fraud for selling books and fake hopes and dreams. But he gave people hope. But imagine the devastation that it will cause for people that know that their hero was a fraud. There are countless unknown heroes out there that don’t go around making millions while using steroids.
In the end, Lance Armstrong quit. And no matter how fiercely he writes his statements or fires rockets on Twitter or demands we continue to buy into the fantasy that in a world of doping cyclists he alone was clean and rode faster and stronger, he still quit on Thursday night.
By quitting, he let the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency say he was guilty, say his seven Tour de Francechampionships were as fake as everything else in a dirty sport. Because if he was innocent, if there was some means to battle the organization with no legal power the way he had the U.S. Department of Justice, he would not be letting USADA try to yank the yellow jerseys from his closet.
No way if there’s even a hint of hope does Lance Armstrong let this happen to his name. He was always too proud, too defiant, too stubborn to give up. He beat cancer. He beat the federal government. He beat everything that came his way. He didn’t relent.
If there was a fight to still fight, he would have fought it.
Now we’re burned by another fraud masquerading as a hero.
- Cycling champ Lance Armstrong faces loss of Tour titles (wcnc.com)
- Armstrong update: U.S. Anti-Doping Agency will strip Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles (mercurynews.com)
- USADA to ban Lance, strip him of 7 Tour titles (espn.go.com)
- Armstrong won’t fight USADA charges (nbcsports.msnbc.com)
- USADA to strip Lance Armstrong of 7 Tour titles (khou.com)