I certainly don’t watch Oprah and for the most part could care less about all this Lance Armstrong business. I can only imagine after Lance offers up his “limited confession”, people will have some sympathy towards him – but I don’t think he deserves it.
To kick it all off, Lance apologized to his Livestrong Foundation. I went on the Livestrong web site last week, just curious to see what articles or statements might be posted there. The name Lance Armstrong doesn’t even come up in a search. It’s obvious they want little to do with their namesake.
The thing about Lance is, if all the brouhaha about doping were simply about his desire to achieve an edge – that’s one thing. But he wanted to win at all costs. He was willing to not only destroy other cyclists, but cold-heartedly steal the dreams and glory from those who were honest and played by the rules. They can never get that back. You have to be pretty narcissistic for that not to torment you.
Armstrong has had plenty of chances to admit the truth. The reality is, he needs to confess in order to continue competing in elite triathlon and running events (it’s still all about him). He should give the hundred million dollars he’s still worth to those men, and then maybe I’d begin to consider his apology. Still, as far as his eligibility to compete in races is concerned, that’s easy. They should have competitions for dopers – where all the entrants take their drugs and participate on a level playing field.
Even though Livestrong seems to ball-hog the search engines by over-publishing on every topic related to health (including contradictory information at times), you can still glean some worthwhile advice there. I have no idea what they do with all the money they raise for cancer research or whatnot – the cancer business is a business. Livestrong does write about the “Dangers of Performance Enhancing Drugs“, including cancer-causing mutations, but it’s suspicious that in their list of “high-profile” athletes who have allegedly used doping agents, they only list as examples Alex Rodrigues, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds….
Lance says he wants to make it all better and help restore the foundation’s reputation. I think Armstrong should stay away from Livestrong, and instead try his hand at banking or politics – how about becoming an exec at a GMO company? – you know, some place where his moral standards are more compatible.