In an interview with Men’s Journal just a month ago Lance Armstrong said he was through fighting doping allegations against him; he stated:
“In my mind, I’m truly done. You can interpret that however you want, but no matter what happens, I’m finished. I’m done fighting. I’ve moved on. If there are other things that arise, I’m not contesting anything. Case closed.”
Now that the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) has announced its intention to pursue the case against Armstrong I really hope he will stick to the statement he made above. It would be the best outcome for everyone. If he choses not to contest USADA's evidence, the agency could unilaterally impose sanctions.
The whole cycling community is split; indeed the whole country is split. Anyone who knows who Lance Armstrong is will take one side or the other, for or against. If he just throws in the towel and says “I’m through fighting,” people can take it as an omission of guilt or not.
Those who believe Lance is innocent will continue to believe so; pointing to the 500 or so dope tests he passed. Those who believe he doped will see it in any way they want to see it; because let’s face this can drag on for years,( and it will if Armstrong fights it,) and in the end those who believe strongly one way or the other will still be of the same opinion.
There was a time when I tried to be neutral; to give LA the benefit of the doubt. But the evidence is piling up like dog shit on your living room carpet. Lance Armstrong is no different than your new puppy that looks you in the eye and says “I didn’t do it,” when this mound of poop is the strong circumstantial evidence that says, “Oh yes you did.”
Just this morning I read an article in the WSJ that says the USADA has 10 or more witnesses that will give evidence that they saw Armstrong dope. This constant denial from LA that he didn’t dope insults my intelligence. To believe that I have to believe that he is telling the truth and everyone else is lying. And the longer the denial continues the less I care about Lance Armstrong as a person.
There can be no good outcome to this saga, and least of all for the sport of cycling; especially if it drags on for years. It is a farce, the USADA and the WADA will take away Armstrong’s TDF Titles and give them to the next in line; some of whom happen to be convicted dopers themselves.
Right now I am more pissed at the USADA for wasting the tax payer’s money. It served no useful purpose to convict Barry Bonds or Marion Jones, and it will be no different with LA. I believe we need to bury the past and move on; address doping now and continue to try to stamp it out. It serves no purpose to drag this out any longer than necessary. The past will never improve.
Which is why I say to Lance Armstrong, stick to what you said in your interview last month; walk away and let the USADA do whatever they will. Save the tax payer some money, save the sport and the rest of us who care about cycling any more grief.