on Aug 24, 2012 @ 08:54 am|
News outlets are reporting today that famous cyclist Lance Armstrong has "stopped fighting" against doping charges, what the authorities are viewing as an effective admission of guilt. Armstrong, however, says he's just tired of trying to win the argument.
This "verdict" means he'll be stripped of all his titles, though he claims that this "witch hunt" has already tarnished his reputation and charity enough as it is.
I haven't decided what I think of all this, but while it makes sense to just say "enough already", I can't help but feel like if he was truly innocent, he'd keep fighting for his exoneration. Lately there has been a lot of noise from former teammates who've come out and said that he was guilty of at least some of the charges.
I'm also enough of a pessimist to believe that most elite athletes probably push to the very limit of legality to give themselves an edge, and in some cases, it's only because drug tests don't check for certain substances effectively enough that they are not caught.
What do you guys think? Does this affect your opinion of Armstrong? What about his charity "Livestrong"? Do you think it will lose credibility as well?
|I was shocked on Aug 24, 2012 @ 09:45 am|
He's taken all the drug tests over the years and it's my understanding that he's past every one of them. So I don't get why they started coming after him after all this time has gone by in the first place. I watched on TV last night that some of his team mates that have come right out and said they have used and are now saying he did as well. I also saw a woman come out and say she knows that he has, but I didn't catch who she was. If she was and x-girl friend she maybe just saying these things out of spite. His team mates might just have a bone to pick with him too. I can see him just saying enough is enough because how can he really prove his innocence now? It’s not like they can retest him after all this time, it’s pretty much his word over theirs and how do change someone's mind that seems to already have it made up. He can stand in a court room for years and say I did nothing wrong, but they also can stand there and say yes you did and we believe these people that say they saw you and heard you admit to it. Unless they have him on tape admitting he did take drugs during all of these races, then it’s going to be his word over theirs and always will be. Even though he may have worked his but off and really did win all of these races fair and square, I can see him just getting tried of it and him saying forget it, I'm tried of banging my head against the wall. People are going to believe what they want to believe and its bin my experience that once they have its pretty hard to change it.