Lance Armstrong..admission of guilt?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Lance Armstrong..admission of guilt?
Fri, 08-24-2012 - 8:57am

He quit. He quit fighting the USASDA over doping charges. According to this Yahoo News report, "By quitting, he let the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency say he was guilty, say his seven Tour de France championships were as fake as everything else in a dirty sport. Because if he was innocent, if there was some means to battle the organization with no legal power the way he had the U.S. Department of Justice, he would not be letting USADA try to yank the yellow jerseys from his closet." more 

Do you agree? Why or why not?


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Registered: 03-15-2004
Fri, 08-24-2012 - 11:51am

I'm torn about this.  On one hand, I totally understand giving up the fight and feeling it just costs too much (personally and emotionally).  However, one of his teammates was stripped of his victories for the same thing and apparently there is all sorts of evidence that he did as well.  

Aside from doing the honorable thing and saying "Yes, I cheated.", this option has probably the best cost/benefit analysis.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-14-2008
Fri, 08-24-2012 - 12:53pm

I'm torn on this, also. His reputation of fighting against the odds certainly seems to contradict this move of giving in, if he is indeed innocent. But "throwing in the towel" keeps those 10-plus witnesses the USADA claims to have on record detailing Armstrong’s misdeeds silent, at least for now. Bottom line, there are going to be some people who believe he's guilty, some who feel he is innocent and others who feel a conspiracy took him down, whether he gives in or fights.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-11-2011
Fri, 08-24-2012 - 1:52pm

does it really matter ?

the truth is that it is what it is

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Registered: 11-09-2011
Fri, 08-24-2012 - 2:30pm
lisafromqueens wrote:

does it really matter ?

the truth is that it is what it is

Huh? No, it doesn't matter, but it makes for conversation. :smileyhappy:

I was reading that they may not really have the ability to ban him and there are other things involved as well. I can understand not wanting to fight/drag it out, but after all those wins if you are completely innocent, wouldn't you want to fight for the truth? To be discredited in that manner. I know he's said he has never used drugs, but you know, actions speak louder than words.  


Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 08-24-2012 - 4:08pm

I'm on the fence about this. I get that it is tiring to fend of charges.  But, I do wonder, this is a man who's worked his tail off his whole life, has obviously a strong work ethic and has never given up. So, why did he give up now? Push through if you're innocent.  He'd never give up a race this easily.

Community Leader
Registered: 12-21-2001
Sat, 08-25-2012 - 8:27pm

All the above is true! But I think the key is stress.

Yet one is supposed innocent until proven guilty. How often have we heard of people proven guilty who were innocent and vice versa. The cost of presenting your side of the story belongs to the realm of the affluent.

With a husband who is also a cancer survivor the most telling is that fact that constant stress is a key to relapse. With my own and what I have seen of other people with a chronic or relapsed illness.  STRESS  can be a bigger factor than food.

The author himself says that Armstrong is proud and stubborn, he may be faced with the choice of either live to an older age and enjoy his life or refute others who will continue to believe what they want?

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Sun, 08-26-2012 - 10:00pm

I don't think its an admission of guilt. I believe him when he says that he's tired of the toll that the court battles and negative publicity have taken on his family, his personal life, and his connection to charity (and probably his wallet too). I can understand how a person is ready for a change, to enter a new phase in their life and they want to leave the baggage of the old phase behind. To fight these charges could drag on for years, sapping much of his energy and attention that could/should go into his family and his new endeavors. And even if he proved himself innocent in court he would continue to be accused of cheating and lying by his detractors, just as people with no personal connection to the case are having a field day now interpreting what his action must mean. I think he was commited to fighting it while he wanted to continue his professional career but at 40 he's decided that its time to give up being a pro. If he's banned from pro cycling now, so what? He doesn't agree that the USADA has the authority to strip him of the TdeF titles, we'll have to see how that plays out. I read that the UCI still backs him. Maybe in his mind he knows that he won and nobody can take that away from him, whether or not he has trophies on the mantle or his name in the record books...only he knows his true rationale---and we'll never know unless he writes about it in a book! 

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 08-27-2012 - 7:24pm

I'm torn on this, too.  If he is innocent, you would think he would fight to the end of time, and just hire someone to manage the court proceedings.  But, I also know that the court system can wear a person down.  If I had limitless  money, I would just pay for my daughter's college education and stop wasting my time fighting my ex, although he is the one that is bringing me to court. :smileysurprised:  

I really don't know enough about this fight to make an informed opinion.