Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/30/14

25 Jul 1999: (Left-Right) Erik Zabel of Germany (green jersey), Lance Armstrong of USA (yellow jersey and winner) and Richard Virenque of France (red spots) after stage 20 of the 1999 Tour de France between Jonzac and Futuroscope, France. \ Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport
Lance Armstrong is the Great American Sports Cheat. Our greatest ever. It's not just that his Tour de France titles are about to be taken away. By now, we've dealt with plenty of amazing feats taken away because of doping. Or not taken away. Guilty or innocent, Barry Bonds never asked us to believe that he was all about the potential of human spirit. Roger Clemens and Marion Jones didn't represent hope. Armstrong tied his cycling titles and his cancer victory and his charity into one heroic narrative about himself. We all bought in. Who wouldn't? But as the years went on, and the doping allegations built up, he used all his good will to mobilize forces against anyone who dared to point a finger at him. It was such a shockingly mean-spirited turn. And now his narrative comes off as such a big lie, no matter how many people he helped. He played us to the end. He brought us along through so much, asked us to believe so much. And then, rather than going into arbitration to fight hi...
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2 Comments:
  • Yes, enough is enough. No proof, no guilt! Exhaustion is more like it. I say the USADA should reveal their "Proof" and let the public have a look at what they say they have on Lance. Then they validate themselves. Until that time they are just another group of political thugs on the prowl.
  • That's a very nice letter, but what does it have to do with due process and following the law to get a proven lawful conviction?
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