Friday, 11 May 2012

Lance Armstrong: Case Closed - Guilty Verdict?


In an interview with Men's Journal to be released this week, Lance Armstrong comes across as far more candid than we have ever seen him before on the subject of his doping allegations for which the seven time Tour de France winner has denied for many years. Increasing suspicion means that only the hardiest of his naive fanboys truly believe his plea's of innocence, they will be disappointed though as today's revelations appear - almost - as an admission of guilt...

"In my mind, I'm truly done. You can interpret that however you want." Is not a statement to be taken lightly from the mouth of Lance Armstrong who has systematically denied any wrong doing all through the WADA and FBI investigations into himself and the US Postal Service team and dismissed all of the claims of ex-teammates Floyd Landis, Frankie Andreu and Tyler Hamilton as lies.

In a surprising move, Armstrong said he would not fight any further investigation or contest any more allegations, even if it means losing at least one of his Tour de France victories as a result. This all comes during an USADA investigation into the Armstrong doping allegations. Though in his own words, Armstrong says for him, personally: "Case Closed''. The Texan was asked if he would fight to keep hold of his 7 Tour victories, he replied: "It doesn't matter anymore. I don't run around bragging, feeling like I have to be a seven-time Tour de France champion," he answered. "I worked hard for those, I won seven times and it's great. But it's over." Worryingly for somebody who has so strongly denied any guilt and battled to save his name and his victories when asked how he would feel if the USADA struck off his seventh Tour de France victory, Armstrong simply replied: "I wouldn't be unhappy."

Although the FBI case into Armstrong was mysteriously dropped in February, even though charges of fraud and even trafficking were widely expected, Lance Armstrong admitted "I had days where I thought I was f*cked." A strange comment to make if you felt you were innocent, no? There are whispers that the hoard of evidence found in the FBI investigation may be released to a wider audience, which could be detrimental to Armstrong - a possible reason why he appears to be winding down his innocence claims and becoming more open, candid even - a sort of PR campaign to try and save what's left of Armstrong's character and reputation before the final, damning storm arrives. Maybe he knows the evidence doesn't look good, maybe he knows that somebody is about to talk. We can only guess.

Armstrong finishes by saying he really just doesn't care anymore, no matter what he says people have already made their opinion of him, he said: ''If someone says, 'I think you F*** cheated, I go, 'ok, great. Can we talk about something else? Because I really don't give a shit what you think. I'm not going to waste any more time having that argument."

Case closed? Maybe. Guilty? to be continued...

5 comments:

  1. Nice piece. I've followed this story with some interest, the journalist in me deeply suspicious of the sudden and seemingly inexplicable decision to drop the whole Federal investigation last February. I'd love to know what went on behind closed doors there.

    As for Lance's don't-give-a-damn attitude - well, it is possible that it is just that; he's moved on and ain't looking back. The Feds have gone away. That bit's done. He's no longer racing or subject to the same scrutiny; thats over for keeps. A release of incriminatory stuff might not smell nice, but when has there ever been a nice smell from that camp?

    He just truly might not give a rat's anymore..

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  2. It wouldn't surprise me Roff, nothing does with Lance. Just seem odd how his hammer and fist stance of innocence has softened slightly. What will be interesting is if there are full admissions how the UCI will handle the obvious corruption in the doping controls, ie. The coverups of Armstrongs negative tests..

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  3. Guess the threat of a criminal prosecution has faded now so he can speak more freely. If he is guilty of doping then this could be his first step toward admission of wrong doing now that the likely sanctions are less. He never actually denied it, only reiterated his point of not getting caught if you look at it one way.

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  4. The only problem I have with Lance's Men's Journal appearance is his cover shot. Not because he is out of shape or looks bad - far from it - just that every 40+ guy MJ reader out there will now take it as an endorsement to walk around without a shirt (whether they can pull it off or not). The amateur cyclists in my neighborhood are now taking their morning ride sans chemise. Its not a pretty sight.

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  5. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

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