Lance Armstrong Admits Doping

Lance Armstrong Doping ScumbagGrowing up, I had many personal heroes. Many of these were from the sports world. As I grew older, I realized professional athletes came with a lot of nasty baggage. The only exceptions were Wayne Gretzky and Lance Armstrong.

I guess my list is now down to one.

Lance Armstrong today admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, sources told ABC News.

A government source tells ABC News that Armstrong is now talking with authorities about paying back some of the US Postal Service money from sponsoring his team. He is also talking to authorities about confessing and naming names, giving up others involved in illegal doping. This could result in a reduction of his lifetime ban, according to the source, if Armstrong provides substantial and meaningful information.

So wait, it’s not enough for Armstrong to admit he’s a cheat and a scam artist; he has to rat out everyone else, too? Really? That’s how you want to be remembered?

This news hits me harder than most, because no one supported Armstrong (and trusted him) more than I did. I watched all of (or at least parts of) his seven Tour de France wins. I vigorously defended him against the doping charges, partly because he never failed a test, and partly because it was usually the frogs making the accusations.

And what do I get for this loyalty? A swift kick to the teeth.

For me, this admission poisons every single thing Armstrong has ever done. It poisons all the good works he has done. It poisons Livestrong.

I’m through with Lance Armstrong. He is dead to me. His name will never appear on this blog again.

15 thoughts on “Lance Armstrong Admits Doping

  1. Jenn

    I’m also devastated by his admission. I’ve looked up to him for years, read his biography and also vigorously defended him. What a shame, what a waste. I’ll always love cycling though, despite his great fall.

  2. Jim Scrummy

    Don’t feel crappy about Mr. Armstrong, Wyatt. I to bought into the hype for a few years, but when Landis et.al., started talking I believed Lance a bit less. I thought the guy had a great work ethic, unfortunately he cheated. I guess the fame and fortune won out over having a soul. Maybe I’m weird, but growing up my two main heroes were my parents.

  3. Dr. Evil

    Way to pull a Frank Pentangeli.

    And Wyatt, as much as I love Gretzky as well…need we mention his gambling addicted wife and whore daughter? Well, I am ok with the second one!

  4. Jon Brooks

    My older brother is probably floored by this. Like many of you commenting above, this was one of his good wholesome heroes in life. Well what can I say he always was the jock in the family. This is why almost all of my heroes are fictional.

  5. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Bob – Exactly.

    Jenn – I will, too, and I’ll watch the Tour again this summer. Sadly, I think far too many of the competitors are tainted now.

    Rick – As was I.

    Jim – I stood up for him because he never failed a test. That, and many of his accusers were also dirty. I hoped Lance was about that. Apparently, I was wrong.

    Dr. Evil – His wife is dirty. His daughter is dirty (in a good way). Wayne isn’t.

    Jon – Like Barack Obama?

  6. John D

    “So wait, it’s not enough for Armstrong to admit he’s a cheat and a scam artist; he has to rat out everyone else, too?”

    Of course. If “everybody does it”, old Lance doesn’t seem nearly as bad. He’s just trying to salvage what’s left of his reputation. I hope he fails and fades into obscurity.

  7. Gunnutmegger

    2 points:

    My god…you actually watch bike races? That takes fortitude. Almost as much fortitude as resisting the urge to sideswipe spandex-clad bicyclists when they illegally ride 3-abreast and interfere with traffic.

    And, I have read many articles about this scandal, and it seems to me that the people who pointed their fingers at Armstrong have plenty of skeletons in their own closets (guys who get regular blood transfusions to increase their performance, etc.) There is money and fame at stake, so people engage in all sorts of cheating. Mark McGwire, anyone? And McGwire didn’t have the handicap of having to beat cancer while competing.

    That’s not a defense or an excuse. I am no champion of Armstrong, but it was still his ass on the bike seat when it crossed the finish line for those races.

    1. Casey

      I’ll see you three-abreast bikers, and raise you auto & truck drivers who refuse to move an inch when passing a rider who is appropriately on the shoulder. I swear sometimes they actually try to blow me off the road, especially the semi drivers.

      And yes, I obey traffic laws including stop signs & traffic signals. ;)

  8. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Dr. Evil – But Michael Bay . . .

    John D – Someone at Yahoo! Sports said, “Well, he’s a cheat, but since he beat dozens of other cheats during his Tour career . . . ” Yeah, that’s swell; let’s applaud him because he was better than the rest of the dopers.

    Gunnutmegger – 1. Only the Tour de France. Since I bike a lot (sans spandex), I find the Tour fascinating.

    2. I didn’t give accusers like Landis any credit because he was already dirty. Why would I take his word against someone who never tested positive?

    As for the MLB, the steroid scandal is why I don’t watch or attend games anymore.

    And I think stripping him of the titles is ridiculous. Fairly or unfairly, he won the races. I watched it happen. I LOVE the fact that Joe Paterno had wins stripped from him, knocking him out of the top coaches spot. That being said, he still won the games.

  9. Casey

    Wyatt, I know the feeling. I grew up north of Cincinnati; was a huge Reds fan for years. When Pete Rose was accused of gambling, I defended him because the accusers weren’t reliable, there was no proof, Pete wouldn’t bet on his own team, etc.

    Then it came out that not only did he bet, but he bet on the Reds. And bare-faced lied about it.

    It seems these days athletes are at least as famous for their crimes as their careers.

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