Sports Opinion & Analysis

DopeSTRONG: Part II

In Cycling on October 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

Repercussions of USADA report.

Sorry to be self referential yet again this week, but a few months ago I wrote an article defending Lance Armstrong.

After the release of the 1000 (plus) page USADA report, can I get a redo?

In all seriousness though, I stand by what I said. That the USADA has no physical evidence of Armstrong’s alleged abuses. That they overstepped their boundaries in pursuing their case against him. That the report is based on testimony from disgruntled ex-teammates and a former masseuse (Emma O’Reilly), who admits she never actually saw Armstrong dope, and who was allegedly paid over $8,000 dollars for her original story.

I agree with Tim Herman, Armstrong’s attorney, who said the entire USADA investigation was an “unconstitutional witch hunt.”

But now the report is out. Now, no matter how much or little evidence the USADA has or doesn’t have against Armstrong, the court of public opinion is out as well.

Lance Armstrong is forever the cheater. The fraud. The liar.

“FML.”

There is not much revealed in the report that we didn’t already know. The surprises were the additional testimonies from former teammates who had never spoken out against Armstrong before. There were allegations that Armstrong not only doped, but made all of his teammates dope as well. That he not only took PED’s, but ran a sophisticated drug racket. That he was the Tony Soprano of international cycling.

(When you think about how little you care about cycling, it’s not as cool as it sounds)

Because there is no physical evidence, I can’t say with all certainty that Armstrong actually doped or not. But the sworn testimonies are there. The evidence is overwhelming. Murder convictions have been won on less.

“Psssh, some murder convictions.”

So here I am. I still don’t think the USADA had jurisdiction in the manner. I still don’t trust all of the people who gave their testimony. I still don’t like coming to conclusions without physical evidence. I don’t like the idea that Lance Armstrong failed himself, his team, his country, and his fans. I don’t like the idea that from now on, TBS and TNT will have to dub over all of his lines every time they air the 2004 Vince Vaughn movie, “Dodgeball.”

“I cheated, I cheated, I cheated, I cheated.”

People will say that because of the nature of the sport, Armstrong had no choice but to make the decision he did. I don’t buy it. He could have lost. It would have been better than building a hero status on a lie. On cheating and deceit. It would have been better than failing everyone who watched and cheered for him.

The fact of the matter is Lance Armstrong cheated. His team cheated. Every cyclist in the race cheated.

He is forever the fraud on a fraud team playing a fraud sport no one should care about anymore.

 

 

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  1. I’m glad you can be persuaded by evidence, but why are you saying that USADA doesn’t have physical evidence when they have his test results? I believe Armstrong, like all the other pro cyclists, signed his agreement to subject himself to USADA jurisdiction in doping matter when he signed for his pro license.

    One real disagreement here, tho. Not every pro cyclists he competed against was doping. You can reasonably say that all the top stars that won most of the races were doping, but you are doing the clean cyclists like Bassons or Aubier or Mercier and others we just don’t hear about because they didn’t get good enough results competing against dopers for the media to cover them a great disservice by lumping them in with the dopers. They had already been raped by cheaters. They don’t need to get raped again by over-generalizing bloggers, too.

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