Lance Armstrong's Reputation Has Hit Bottom. Time For His Former Friends to Cash In.

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Lance Armstrong's decision last week to stop fighting the doping charges leveled against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency wasn't an admission of guilt, though it sure seemed that way: The next day was the deadline for contesting USADA's evidence at an open hearing complete with a parade of witnesses with knowledge of the cyclist's alleged use of performance enhancing drugs. That likely won't stop the agency from revealing that evidence at an Armstrong-less hearing.

And so, cue the salacious tell-alls. They've been coming out in drips over the course of Armstrong's career, but now, with the swell of media interest at its crest and his public image at its nadir, two former confidants are seizing the opportunity.

First, we have a book by former teammate Tyler Hamilton. It won't be published until next week, but Sports Illustrated took a sneak peek yesterday.

Hamilton discusses at length his own descent into performance-enhancing drug use and said the team started even before Armstrong joined in 1998. He and Armstrong soon became roommates and confidants who would discuss using the blood-booster EPO and other PEDs.

"Nobody sets out wanting to dope," Hamilton said.

While visiting Armstrong's home in Nice shortly before the 1999 Tour, Hamilton said he asked him if he had any EPO and Armstrong pointed to the refrigerator. Hamilton took it, thanked Armstrong and remarked to himself how cavalier Armstrong was about simply keeping it in the refrigerator.

Hamilton described a doping plan put in place by the team for the 1999 Tour de France, with Armstrong's knowledge, that included a motorcyclist riding behind racers with a thermos full of EPO. It was to be dispensed to riders in the team camper after race stages.

He said team leaders, doctors and mangers encouraged and supervised doping and PEDs were handed out to cyclists in white lunch bags.

Hamilton said he and Armstrong sat near each other to take a blood transfusion after the 11th stage of the 2000 Tour de France, under the watchful eye of team director Johan Bruyneel. That would have been right before the Tour's punishing and famous Ventoux mountain stage.

Many of the allegations had been aired before in a federal criminal investigation and a 2011 interview with 60 Minutes, but all that was pro bono. People pay you for writing books.

They pay you for writing magazine pieces, too, which is what Armstrong's former personal assistant Mike Anderson has just done for Outside.

The PED allegations Anderson makes have also been aired before but, as Texas Monthly notes, Anderson's problem isn't so much with the drugs as the fact that Armstrong was a arrogant prick who wouldn't hesitate to throw his friends under the bus.

He might be sympathetic to Armstrong's current plight, he writes, "if I hadn't worked for Armstrong, hadn't seen him act so often based on a combination of self-interest and spite." Then, 11 pages of elaboration. Armstrong's lawyer calls Anderson "a disgruntled former employee."

Lance Armstrong, despite the good work he's done with the charities and likable public persona, does seem like he can be a dick, and maybe he took most of the stuff people accuse him of taking. Perhaps Armstrong needs a bit of comeuppance, but these pieces and pure opportunism, all in the time-honored tradition of profiting off the misfortune of others, I suppose.

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lakewoodmom
lakewoodmom

500 tests seems like an awful lot to pass based on luck or good timing.  But if you are going to believe the hearsay and throw out the drug tests, then why do the tests in the first place? 

dougindfw
dougindfw

Eric, most books & magazine articles (some even written by nonjournalists!?!) are written after the events happen.  Books & articles written before events happen are generally religious texts or fantasy football guides.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

This time I can forgive an athlete with apparent questionable character.  He has done so much for cancer victims.  I think we can all let him slide.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

The USADAs rep is about as good as all the busted dopers trying to bring Lance down.  Did he dope?  Maybe, but there is absolutely no physical evidence to say so.  And really, why would Lance keep EPO in a fridge in his house in Nice, know that every anti doping agency in the world was testing him and trying to find any way to prove it

JackJett
JackJett

If he plays the Jesus card  he will come out of this smelling like a ultra wealthy baby jesus rose. 

 

Praise be to the liar, cheater, stealer and child murderers that speaketh thy holy name.......

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

If this is rock bottom for his reputation, he's doing pretty well, actually.  I honestly don't know anyone who thinks he was doping who also cares.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

He's the Leona Helmsley of the cycling world.

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

 @ScottsMerkin Come on Merk, I know you like the guy and I respect that, his house is coming down now. Did anyone believe Canseco? Hell no. Canseco was even sticking his teammates. How much physical evidence was found on that?  Lance's undoing more than likely happened because of a woman. I'm sure Sheryl Crow sang like a bird when she was subpoenaed, she was with him on the last two TDF wins. In any case, they'll have their little hearing and give out all the evidence they found. Lance is either one of the greatest athletes ever, or one of the greatest chemically enhanced athletes ever. The fact that he still won competing against other dopers doesn't mean he isn't still a badass. It just means that cycling is a dirty ass sport.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @ScottsMerkin Sorry to mess up your love affair but read the link I posted. If you need a friend after you are done I hear Goodfriend has plenty of beer. You can party "Lance Style".   lol

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @DirtyP1 Hey, if the evidence comes out , and they show the proof, I got no problem calling him a cheat.  Hell that;ll just mean he is a better cheater than everyone else.  and wow, DirtyP1 and Davy Crockett in 1 day sweet

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @GuitarPlayer yep he sold his story, of course he will say that.  He needs th book money.  Now you can go party "David Carradine" style toodles

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @ScottsMerkin Blah blah blah.......how about you post something? lol. OK.....OK......I promise this time you can have the last word.........

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @GuitarPlayer hmm says the guy who keeps responding.  where are your facts.  you posted a link to an article full of heresy.  Post a link to hte failed drug test?  Go ahead, I dare ya

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @ScottsMerkin I love messing with people who just can't stand not having the last word. Do you ever look up facts or post anything tangible? I don't see it.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @GuitarPlayer who is the dick again?  you started off by calling me names and saying im stupid.  I guess you dont know the definition of a lot of the words you use.

 

It seems you have confused yourself,  I started this thread saying there was no physical evidence he doped, just stories.  You turned it to Lance is an ass so he mustve dope thread.  seems your circle has gotten you dizzy and off the beaten path you thought you were on

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @ScottsMerkin Oh no, I understand it, you need to be a dick to be a winner. You are OK with that. I can see it actually. You spew bullshit but when asked to back it up you just spew more bullshit. It's your "thang". Whatever.....

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @GuitarPlayer My logic is stupid because you are not smart enough to understand it, and thats ok, based on a few comments Ive read of yours, this is a common problem.  Move along now to the next story

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @ScottsMerkin He is an ass because he cheated (according to his teammates and his assistant) and went and cried about how he was being ganged up on. This seems to be his normal way of doing business. And your logic is stupid, plain and simple.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @GuitarPlayer Being an ass, isnt be cheater fuckstick.  No one every claimed he wasnt an ass to people.  some of the most successful people in the country are assholes.  they didnt get ther eby being mister nice guy

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @ScottsMerkin  Of course your special love for Lance can not be swayed. Sorry Chucklenuts, Lance is an ass, the ass you love.   

 

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

 @ScottsMerkin  @GuitarPlayer

 those DC suits really wasted our time and money on Roger Clemens too. let's subject our congressmen and bureacrats to drug testing, level the playing field maybe?

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