Lance Armstrong is Done Apologizing Now

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At the beginning of the year, Lance Armstrong sat down for an exclusive, one-on-one interview with Oprah in which he tearfully copped to doping. At that point, it was little more than a formality, seeing as a mountain of evidence had already proved as much, but it was supposed to show that Armstrong understood the magnitude of his deception and had turned over a new leaf.

He has not. Armstrong's apology tour began and ended with Oprah. In an interview with the BBC over the weekend, Armstrong complains of being treated unfairly and bemoans the suffering he has endured since his sit-down with Oprah.

"It's been tough. It's been real tough," he told the BBC. "I've paid a high price in terms of my standing within the sport, my reputation, certainly financially because the lawsuits have continued to pile up.

"I have experienced massive personal loss, massive loss of wealth, while others have truly capitalized on this story."

Armstrong seems to be returning to the narrative that the investigation against him led by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which led him to be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, is a witch hunt. In his mind, his sins were unremarkable in a sport thoroughly corrupted by performance-enhancing drugs.

"If everyone gets the death penalty, then I'll take the death penalty," he said. "If everyone gets a free pass, I'm happy to take a free pass. If everyone gets six months, then I'll take my six months."

It's worth remembering that not everyone was quite so self-righteous, not quite so ruthless in discrediting their accusers, and not so amazingly effective. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

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Dar_Lalalala
Dar_Lalalala

Why is he still getting a forum in which to lie, er, I mean speak in? What an arrogant ass.

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

New foundation - Liestrong! Lance didnt do anything that the other bikers (all of them) have done! But he is such an ass and actually believes what he is saying - that compounded his downfall and the way he will always be perceived! He had it all - decided to come back and his story never changed - even during apologies, where he was further exposed! Good riddance and nobody cares anymore!

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

If. Lance doped, and beat all the others who were also doping, that means he's still an awedome biker - all things being equal. Of course he lied, but Americans don't mind the means if the ends are what they want

gm0622
gm0622

Karma, boy. It really does come back to bite you in the ass.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

He sounds like a Tea Party candidate after he loses an election.  Instead of taking the blame for his failure, he blames the media.


J_A_
J_A_

He's so oblivious and he comes off like a whiny ass bitch. Somebody call a wahhhhhmbulance

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

yes, armstrong is a cheater and he should continue to get the criticism he deserves.

I do see what he is saying in his whining tho, he feels he should be treated the same as the other riders who have been caught as PED cheaters. they haven't been sued and made to give back money they earned during their career.

the difference is no one made as much money as Armstrong, or went to the lengths to cover up his cheating or attacked his accusers in the manner Armstrong did.

payback is a bitch Lance.

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

"He's a cheater. Everyone did it." angry angry from behind my computer... blah blah blah... He does have a point though. All of those folks around him except a very few  were quite willing to go along and would have continued to go along had they not been caught. Do you think those who gave him sponsorship money are going to give back any gains they saw through his sponsorship? No doubt there are many competitors and those around them who willingly took sponsorships and team positions that are quite happy that he is getting pounded because they would rather another be exposed while they too doped it up. 

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Ummm Lance, don't you know the Gov position of Texas is opening up, considering your back ground of lying, cheating and defrauding, I think you have a real shot.

observist
observist topcommenter

The 2002 title has been given to the highest-placed finisher who was not found to have used illegal performance-enhancing drugs, who originally finished in 52nd place.

jmckee3
jmckee3

""It's been tough. It's been real tough," he told the BBC. "I've paid a high price in terms of my standing within the sport, my reputation, certainly financially because the lawsuits have continued to pile up.

"I have experienced massive personal loss, massive loss of wealth, while others have truly capitalized on this story."

Well yes, you cheated, lied and defrauded people, your wealth, fame, respect and prestige was ill gotten. Did you really think given enough time we were going to applaud your honesty about being a fraud when you were faced with overwhelming evidence of the truth?

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Why is he whining?  He perpetrated a massive fraud.


After you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar, you have to give back the cookies.


Although, I still wonder if he is apologizing for doping; or, apologizing for having been caught doping?

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

Wow. The last time I heard that much entitled whining, Nickelback was playing.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

So he lied snd cheated to get what he was after. What difference, at this point, does it make?

TSofFire
TSofFire

I don't know much about PEDs or what super-human powers they bestow but, cheating is cheating. Lance could start atoning by being a man while facing justified condemnation.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

The TP candidate must be another of those. folks that live in someone's admittedly feverish imagination.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@mavdog 

He's the Madoff of cheaters.  

no sense hammering a crappy cheater.  

aim for the flat-top.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@JohnSmallBerries 

Those who gained from sponsoring him have already lost.  The reputation they earned with his endorsement sticks with them even through his prosecutions and lawsuits.

The problem is that people who waste time on international bike competitions don't really care that the celebrities are on dope.


bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@whocareswhatithink 

He's already blaming his own personal failures on the media - so he really has a shot as governor of Texas.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@ruddski 

who does he think he is?

the President?

Look.  If he likes his apology he can keep it.

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

@bvckvs @JohnSmallBerries Oh please. You seriously think some corporation that used him in a promotion in (lets say) the 2001 to 2003 time frame is suffering now because of it? I call bullshit.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  

Very true, however he is a much, much larger target than any of the other competitors.

As far as the "everyone else was doing it" and ethical person would have not done so.  As my mother once told me: "If every one was jumping off of a cliff, would you jump as well?"

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@JohnSmallBerries @bvckvs 

I think they're suffering to the exact extent that they profited - and I don't think they profited much.

Sponsoring him wasn't a money-making decision by the employees or shareholders. It was made by the executive staff, because they wanted to buy bragging rights, and had plenty of money to throw around.

But nobody bought a bike because he told them to.  They bought it because it was the one they wanted.

The product affects his reputation, no the other way around.  If he sponsors a lousy product, people won't automatically change their minds to decide it's good.  They'll wonder why their hero is sponsoring a lousy product.


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