Thursday, August 23, 2012

Another Sports Icon Bites the Dust

No surprise except for the fact Lance Armstrong is no longer contesting the allegations made by the United States Anti-Doping Agency regarding doping.

Armstrong said he was tired of fighting it, but of course if he were truly innocent, he'd fight it to the death. However, everybody else couldn't be wrong.

Armstrong also said the case against him was flimsy without that physical evidence.

“Regardless of what Travis Tygart says, there is zero physical evidence to support his outlandish and heinous claims,” Armstrong said. “The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of controls I have passed with flying colors.”

But even without a positive test, the antidoping agency appeared set to move forward with arbitration. It claimed to have more than 10 eyewitnesses who would testify that Armstrong used banned blood transfusions, the blood booster EPO, testosterone and other drugs to win the Tour. Some of Armstrong’s closest teammates, including George Hincapie — one of the most respected American riders — also were expected to testify against him.

The antidoping agency also said it had blood test results of Armstrong’s from 2009 and 2010 that were consistent with doping.

It was clear he did it. He simply couldn't continue with living a lie. He was kind of like Charles van Doren in the quiz show scandals. He got so caught up with the fame and fortune even though he got his fame through fraud, that being moral just wasn't going to cut it.

Not until he was caught in a trap from which he COULDN'T escape.

I think Greg LeMond, who NEVER doped, has been vindicated.

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