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Does Anyone Care If Lance Armstrong Confesses To Doping During His Interview With Oprah?

Submitted by on January 15, 2013 – 10:34 am4 Comments
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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.

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  • Rodzzz says:

    If anyone needs some positive PR atm, it is Lance Armstrong, and Oprah is the best at giving her guests great PR. How do you think the interview went down? Here is a preview at http://sorrysods.com

  • Mike says:

    Until Lance Armstrong, very few Americans cared about Cycling. Now with this scandal even fewer will care. Lance cheated to win those Tour de France races. I personally don’t care. I understand 80% of the racers were doping anyway. He was the best doper and won.

    He has done way more good than bad. He helped sell millions of advertisement dollars, helped Cancer patients, motivated people, and put Cycling on the map. He lied about doping and received accolades he didn’t deserve. In today’s world of terrible human behavior, his is really not that bad. He is now coming clean to clear his conscience. He will have to live with the consequences of his actions. He deceived America and the world to win a difficult bike race that few Americans cared about anyway. He didn’t murder anyone.

    This whole scandal needs to just go away. I hate the French and will never watch Cycling again. I hope they feel good about themselves proving that they were right about Lance Armstrong and his doping to win the Tours. They would not let it go! I feel like I lost a hero. I also lost interest in the sport. July will never be the same.

  • gary says:

    dont care if he did steriods most athletes do them. but none of them say they do it. because its again the law. that so dumb. if alcohol it leggal and it kills more people than any other drug.

    so i think it should be legal in the states for 21 and over. its your body and you should be able to do what you want to it. but only if you are not hurtping other poeple.

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