Originally Posted by crgildart
Ya, I'm not that upset with Armstrong for cheating since everyone else was doing it. I'd cheat to beat cancer however I possibly could i.e. trying non FDA approved treatments if I had access to them and nothing else was working.
What most people are upset about is the level of lying and denial he tried to maintain way after the cat was out of the bag. He'll never get his accolades back but if he comes out and owns up to everything 100% in a very public way honestly the way Mike Tyson has about his sordid past than there is still hope of future success for Lance.
After reading the article it sounds like he has admitted to everything, from a apologizing for suing those who accused him to being an arrogant asshole to anyone he dealt with--but he won't say he shouldn't have been doping, because it was what he had to do to compete. I suspect that isn't enough for most people to let it rest.
I'm pretty impressed at how involved he still is with cancer sufferers and survivors even after being kicked out of his foundation. I do hope he gets back in, because he and the foundation need each other.
But nothing that's happened surprised me at all. Despite his denials I was never sure he wasn't doping, and it never bothered me, because what I loved about him was his grit, that junkyard dog thing, in the saddle. Doping no doubt helped his performance, but his willingness to endure punishing training and grind through insane physical pain and suffering day after day on the Tour was pretty astonishing. Looking back at that time, I realize that it was also inspiring at a time when things weren't particularly easy in my own life.
So unlike a lot of people, the fact he was doping doesn't change how I see him at all, and it's just a little rewarding to read that he's finally starting to grow up.