Lance Armstrong remains the villain and will not cooperate.
Lance Armstrong is quite possibly the one athlete who has disappointed more fans than anyone else in history, and continues to be defiant.
If his appearance with, Oprah Winfrey, was an attempt to seek forgiveness, or decrease the animosity of cycling fans, it accomplished little. His current actions, or should I say non-actions, only confirm how his negativity is viewed, by the sporting public.
Armstrong stated that he will not cooperate with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, but still plans to “cooperate fully” with other anti-doping authorities instead.
For the second time in two weeks, the famed cyclist has rejected USADA’s deadline, to submit to a full debriefing about how he cheated on the bike and got away with it for all those years. If he had agreed to cooperate, in time, his testimony could have paved the way for a reduction of his lifetime ban from sanctioned sporting events.
Lance Armstrong’s attorney said he still has “several issues” with the USADA, and is seeking other options. Could it be because they exposed his violations? “Lance is willing to cooperate fully and has made it very clear, he will be the first man through the door. Once inside, he will answer every question, at an international tribunal, formed to comprehensively address pro cycling, an almost exclusively European sport.” But will not work with the American agency.
His attorney continued; “We remain hopeful that an international effort will be mounted, and we will do everything we can to facilitate that result. In the meantime, for several reasons, Lance will not participate in USADA’s efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions, that only demonize selected individuals, all the while failing to address the 95% of the sport, over which USADA has no jurisdiction.”
In addition, Lance Armstrong’s attorney said he won’t pay back Tour bonuses.
He’s a liar, cheat, despicable, evil, contentious, vile and cowardly, these are some of the words that could describe him. What will never be attached to his name will be ‘pitiful’. With a voracious need to be wealthy and famous, he deceived a devoted and supportive community of fans. The overall word that describes him is ‘hateful’. We were all affected by his intentional and misleading acts. America and the world need heroes, people who achieve great things with super-human effort, against all odds. One, and only one remains for me, my grandfather.
Columnist-The Guardian Express