Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Warning this is a serious blog.
I used to like Lance Armstrong. From his being the second American to win the Tour de France (Greg LeMond was the first) to his battle with testicular cancer, to his Livestrong charity, etc. I used to believe his lies.
I now despise him. I have no problem hating him. He has ruined many people’s lives with his cheating and then lying about cheating. He has sued people, newspapers and magazines who told the truth about his cheating and won huge sums of money in courts across the world. He has ruined lives. He did not have to ruin the lives of others. Lance did so to protect his public image. He ruined the lives of others for mere ego.
I could have accepted the current Lance Armstrong if he had simply not went after those telling the truth with a vengeance. He ruined many lives and now I believe he must pay for his actions.
I believe he has come forward now and talked to Oprah in the hopes that he can once again enter the public arena be forgiven and once again have the spotlight shine on him.
Since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report and the rider affidavits, and every advertiser on the planet and Livestrong firing Lance, he has been trying to get appearance fees at events such as triathlons. No one wants him at their event, let alone pay him to be there.
Remember in the sport of cycling in which drugs were so deeply involved, Lance had a choice not to use them. But if Lance did not use them he felt he could not win. Ego!!!!
Many have tried to compare it to the recent Tiger Woods incident. There is no comparison. Tiger Woods ruined his and his family’s lives. Tiger Woods confessed and did not ruin the live’s of his accusers while knowing the accusations were true.
Lance Armstrong did his best to ruin the life of each of his accusers.
Based on some of the comments I want to clarify, I stated I do not HATE Lance Armstrong for taking performance enhancing drugs or for lying about it. I HATE Lance Armstrong for as I wrote "He has sued people, newspapers and magazines who told the truth about his cheating and winning huge sums of money in courts across the world. He has ruined lives. He did not have to ruin the lives of others. Lance did so to protect his public image. He ruined the lives of others for mere ego. "
Lance Armstrong tried at any cost to keep the lie going. He did not care if he financially ruined the team physical therapist when she told the truth. He got people fired from publications. He made sure that they were the ones everyone thought were the liers.
That is why I HATE Lance Armstrong.
It is your right to forgive him. Only Lance Armstrong gains from forgiveness. Those whose lives he destroyed do not.
I am a practicing Christian (Catholic) and I know about God's forgiveness. In fact on a personal note, I am counting on God's forgiveness.
I just will not ever forgive him for the all the lives he ruined just to keep his lie going. As Lance told Oprah, he has no idea how many law suits his international team of lawyers has file across the world or the thousands of people he harmed. The only reason Lance is coming forward now is that it is affecting Lance. All his sponsors have cancelled their contracts. No business to be associated with him. In December he tried to get appearance fees to appear at Triathlons. The Triathlons told Lance they would not pay him to appear and would not allow him to enter.
In the Oprah interview, she asked Lance why he was there. His answer was because he did his Tour de' France comeback.
Lance goes not get it. It is still all about Lance. Lance thinks if he had not did his Tour de' France comeback then the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report would not have come up with it's finding that he cheated. In Lance's view all would be good and he still would be suing any individuals, newspapers and magazines who told the truth about his cheating and winning huge sums of money in courts across the world and continuing to ruin lives. Lance would be saying that the riders who swore in and affidavits that he did performance enhancing drugs were lying.
Lance Armstrong - An American Zero!