Apparently Lance Armstrong finally saw the writing on the wall: everyone knows he used performance enhancing drugs to win his seven Tour de France titles. Time to stop lying through his teeth and ask for forgiveness.
So where does one go in this day and age to ask for such forgiveness? To a church confessional?
Well, maybe if you’re a regular person you turn to a man or woman of God. But if you’re a famous person, you go to Oprah.
On Monday, the all-powerful Oprah Winfrey flew to Austin, Texas, and taped a 2½-hour interview with Armstrong that will air on OWN this Thursday. Of course, no one is supposed to be talking about what was said in the interview just yet, but one source confirmed to the Associated Press that Lance admitted to doping. And another source (or, who knows, maybe the same one) told USA Today that Lance said he’s been doing it since the mid-90s, before he had cancer.
None of this is really shocking. Last year, the American Anti-Doping Agency threw the book at Armstrong and stripped him of his seven Tour titles. Moreover, cycling and doping experts have long figured that, given the nature of the sport, Lance must have been using PEDs. How else can you beat all the other cheaters so consistently?
But of course, no one could ever seem to catch the guy red-handed. And that prompted Lance to deny PED use again and again with a straight face.
Now, some will call this a sad day in the world of sports. And in a way, it is. Lance inspired millions upon millions of people with his story of hard work and determination. But this is also a good day. Now that we know the truth, we can move on. It doesn’t mean we have to stop having heroes. It just means Lance should no longer be one of them.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]