Can even Oprah save Lance Armstrong?

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Can even Oprah save Lance Armstrong?
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Mon, 01-14-2013 - 2:31pm

from CNN: Armstrong's motivation is obvious. His career is in ruins. The Livestrong cancer charity he founded is struggling. He faces possible litigation. He wants to compete again and needs somehow to put this phase of his career behind him.

But that is not so easy for athletes who cheat, as we were reminded by last week's vote to exclude Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens from baseball's Hall of Fame, based almost exclusively on alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.

They never apologized; perhaps Armstrong intends to do so. But if millions of people aren't watching him on Oprah -- if most of the country just sees a 20-second clip later -- does it have the same effect?

Will you be watching? Do you think he deserves another chance?

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Registered: 01-21-2013
Mon, 01-21-2013 - 9:25am

I did watch the interview. Glad he's finally decided to come "clean," but so disappointed. Forgiveness is not mine to give. I don't think he deserves a lifetime ban from all sanctioned races, but do think he should be banned for life from the Tour and other elite bike races. I hope he continues this "journey" to become a real live human being. 

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Registered: 01-03-2004
Sun, 01-20-2013 - 6:25am

We are all fallen people, i.e we are sinners.

I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ: the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Lance Armstrong is a man. He sinned. He's paying for those sins.

Forgiveness? I never invested my faith in him so I don't see the point. He's got a lot of soul searching to do and alot of forgiveness to seek himself. As for the others he truly wounded: spouses, children, sponsors, friends, teammates, etc. They have a boatload of forgiveness to seek so they can have peace.

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Registered: 03-19-2009
Sat, 01-19-2013 - 1:33pm

"He didn't hurt me personally and what he did has no affect on me whatsoever.  People need to stop looking for sport stars to be their heroes, that's where the true problem lies."

I couldn't agree more.  What is all the fuss about?  How the general public feels about him is irrelevant--except to Lance himself, I suppose.  Smile

There are sponsors that gave him money.  He owes as much of that money back as they can collect because he took their money under false pretenses. 

He lied about people who tried to blow the whistle on him.  He owes those people an apology. They are the ones who need to decide whether to forgive him or not.

The rest of us can watch as interested spectators, but it doesn't really touch us closely. We choose to make people heroes and we can also choose not to see them as heroes any more. That's all.

The guy cheated (by doping) to win and lied about it, but he also did good things.  It is a shame that the bad things should overshadow the good things, but on the other hand, the good things don't make up for the lies and cheating.  

Let's move on and let the man work things out with the people he really hurt. 

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Fri, 01-18-2013 - 9:46pm

Lance made a big mistake, but so have so many others, It seems the norm for so many people who are famous lie, but I think we should forgive him, the Bible says we are to forgive or our FATHER wont forgive us, he has lost it all, seems that's enough to me, he will never ride again and he has so many people to ask forgiveness from, but first it should be GOD*

CMEvelyn wrote:
<p>from <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/14/opinion/kurtz-lance-armstrong/index.html?hpt=hp_c3" rel="nofollow"><strong>CNN</strong></a>: Armstrong's motivation is obvious. His career is in ruins. The Livestrong cancer charity he founded <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/19/us/lance-armstrong/index.html" rel="nofollow">is struggling</a>. He faces possible litigation. He wants to compete again and needs somehow to put this phase of his career behind him.</p><p>But that is not so easy for athletes who cheat, as we were reminded by last week's vote to exclude Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens from baseball's Hall of Fame, based almost exclusively on alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.</p><p>They never apologized; perhaps Armstrong intends to do so. But if millions of people aren't watching him on Oprah -- if most of the country just sees a 20-second clip later -- does it have the same effect?</p><p>Will you be watching? Do you think he deserves another chance?</p>

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Fri, 01-18-2013 - 1:13pm

I agree with you Cookie, it didn't affect me personally, and he is not the first athlete that has "cheated".

The entire sports scene needs to take this to heart and be more involved in making sure that athletes compete for the love of whatever sport and not just to win win win.

I too hope his charity, that has done so much, doesn't lose out because of all of this.

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Fri, 01-18-2013 - 11:56am

Do I forgive Lance Armstrong?  No, because I don't think he needs my forgiveness.  He didn't hurt me personally and what he did has no affect on me whatsoever.  People need to stop looking for sport stars to be their heroes, that's where the true problem lies.  His "win at any cost" is what helped him to beat cancer.  I find it ironic that many people are so quick to judge when that same attitude is extremely prevalent in sports, all the way down to little league.   If I'm not mistaken, most of his top competitors during the time he was racing have also been charged with doping, not that it makes it right but just that the whole sport (like many others) needs to be take a hard look at the problem.  

My dh is a huge cycling fan, we've raised money for his foundation and have met him in person. What matters to me is the way he treated a teen boy with cancer; we were able to raise the funds to send him to one of his events.   He took the time to be next to him for part of a ride.  It really made a huge impression on the teen who was fighting so hard for his life. to meet someone that overcame the odds.  Sadly, that teen lost his battle with cancer.

You might not like his attitude or behavior, but you can't forget what Livestrong has done for cancer research.  It wouldn't have happened if he didn't win so many tours, people only want to be around winners...

 

 

Chelsea

"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open."

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Registered: 01-04-2013
Fri, 01-18-2013 - 11:54am

I watched a few minutes of it. That was all I could take. I can't believe that was only part one! I don't know what his motive was, but it didn't seem that apologizing sincerely had anything to do with it.

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Registered: 07-24-2011
Fri, 01-18-2013 - 10:46am

I did not watch, did not want to watch, nor do I want to watch when snippets are played on the morning shows and other news programs. What a loser he. Oprah may have a lot of money and notoriety but even she cannot undo what he did. I am tired of hearing about it and wish he would step out of the limelight, stop getting glorified in the media for "at least admitting it" and let the news go on about truly important issues.

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Thu, 01-17-2013 - 5:07pm

Lance should just go away...quietly...instead, his incredible narcissism is going to lead to his ultimate destruction.

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Registered: 01-03-2013
Mon, 01-14-2013 - 5:00pm

I don't think I'll watch the whole thing. It'll be all over the media anyway. I don't think he deserves another chance, but it's unfortunate that his charity is hurting because of him.