Does Anyone Care If Lance Armstrong Confesses To Doping During His Interview With Oprah?
On Thursday, we will finally hear what we’ve been waiting to hear from Lance Armstrong for years now. According to numerous reporters, the seven-time Tour de France winner sat down with Oprah Winfrey yesterday to conduct an interview that will feature him taking about, amongst other things, the doping allegations made against him over the course of the last few years. And, according to those same reports, Armstrong will confirm the allegations for Oprah and talk more about why he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career. But, we have a question for you: Do you really care?
In a lot of ways, Armstrong will simply be following the same pattern of other disgraced athletes if he does, in fact, confess to Oprah. Time and time again, professional athletes like Pete Rose and Mark McGwire have broken the rules of their sport, denied it for years, and then issued a confession years later when the public has all but forgotten about their transgressions. The confessions make headlines for a few days. But, the lapse in time between the “crimes” and the confessions dilute all of our perspectives. So, even if Armstrong does confess to using PEDs during his career, it’s hard to put into words exactly what it’ll mean. Unless he does something really crazy like, say, agree to donate all the money he ever made professionally as a result of the PEDs to charity, we all end up being losers in situations like this. Armstrong takes an L for confessing, and we take an L for caring so much about him for so many years when we really shouldn’t have.
Ultimately, I hope that Armstrong does do something drastic when he confesses. Rather than just apologizing, I hope he uses his misfortune to help others. Maybe that includes some sort of large monetary donation to his former charity (he’s had to sever ties with it in recent months due to the allegations made against him) or maybe it includes him agreeing to forfeit whatever winnings he earned during his career. But, I get the feeling that all that we’re going to get is a standard athlete’s confession during his sit-down with Oprah. And, if that’s all we get, it’ll be a real shame. A lot of people out there put a lot of faith in that man during his career. So, it’ll be a travesty if all he does is try to apologize to them with words. They deserve more than that.