Where’s the apology, Lance?
I was not all that angry when Lance Armstrong was proven to be a cheater. It wasn’t even that infuriating when he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, or when he lost all of his endorsements. We don’t have to worry about him finding enough change to purchase his next cup of coffee, that’s for sure.
For many, the point that makes the situation so infuriating is that he lied about not doing performanceenhancing drugs for many years. Armstrong swindled all of us into believing that he legitimately captured those seven crowns by himself.
If he had’ve just come clean after all of this came down, a certain level of forgiveness could be expected and given. But, he didn’t. Armstrong maintained that he was innocent. That this whole ordeal was a part of a mission designed to smear his golden boy persona.
It does not produce as much anger as the fact that Armstrong, to date, has not offered any form of public statement regarding the issues of the disgraced cyclist.
One of the few things he’s offered is “Alive and well in Hawaii” on his Twitter account.
Sure, he can get in front of a crowd of Livestrong supporters and say the foundation is doing great work as he did on Oct. 19, but where is the, “yeah, you got me. I doped up and I got caught.”
Where’s the, “I’m not sure why I denied it so much. I should’ve come clean from the start?”
Armstrong is on the verge of possibly losing his Olympic bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Games, he’s already had his Tour de France titles taken away and the endorsements are gone, yet he can’t be bothered to offer any explanation or any sign of remorse for his actions.
Some will undoubtedly point to the fact that cycling is rampant with athletes who dope in order to compete. That’s fine, but those guys haven’t come out and claimed innocence with a ferocity that resembles wolves attacking a caribou on the frozen tundra. Armstrong has. Yes, his foundation, Livestrong, has raised millions of dollars in aid of cancer research and helping those affected by cancer, but does that mean Armstrong is off the hook for his lack of an apology?
He owes the public that much.