Is It Too Late For Lance Armstrong To Cooperate With The USADA?
Last month, Lance Armstrong finally came clean and admitted to doping during his cycling career during a well-publicized interview with Oprah. He didn’t get too specific with his confession—for instance, we’re still not 100 percent sure how he was able to pass so many drug tests without flunking one—but he did cop to a bunch of different things that he had lied about in the past. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency isn’t satisfied with that, though. They want him to reveal everything that he did during his career when he was doping. And, they want him to reveal it now.
Recently, the USADA got in touch with Armstrong to see if he’d be down to cooperate with them. Essentially, they want him to name names and reveal things like how he was able to cheat, who helped him cheat, and how long he cheated for. In exchange, they may be willing to reduce the lifetime ban that he was handed so that he can participate in marathons and other athletic events in the future. They also believe that, by testifying, Armstrong will help improve the public perception of him. But, is it too late for him to come clean now, especially since he was supposed to come 100 percent clean for Oprah last month?
Unfortunately—for him, at least—it is too late for him to win back all of his adoring fans by talking to the USADA. In fact, there’s a good chance that even more people might hate him because he’ll be dragging others down with him if he talks to the USADA. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing for him to do. If Armstrong cares about the future of cycling at all—and if he wants anyone to give him a second chance and trust him again—he needs to speak to the USADA. It’s been a long time coming, and it’s something that he needs to get out of the way sooner than later. He’s got two weeks to give the USADA an answer and we hope he gives them the right one. It’s time for him to ‘fess up.