This weekend I finally got around to watching the Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah. It was promoted as a raw and uncensored look into his lies and cheating. Well, it definitely answered a lot of questions many may have thought about over the years. But who is truly to blame?
Did Lance break anti-doping rules? Absolutely. Did Lance lie to his fans around the world? Absolutely. Did Lance hurt his family and friends? Absolutely. Is Lance a jerk? Absolutely. Is Lance a bully? Absolutely. Did Lance lie under oath? Absolutely. Did others have a part in his lies and cheating. Absolutely. Is his former friend Betsy Andreu still pissed off? Absolutely.
While he finally broke his silence and admitted to lying to his fans during the past 13 years, he also came clean about a multitude of other rumors. This included him admitting to being a bully and a jerk. But he still did not completely tell the full truth about some areas of the scandal. How could he say he did not encourage others on the team to use illegal drugs? His leadership role was enough to force them to follow.
Although he did disappoint so many of his true supporter’s and lose sponsor’s, let’s be clear, this scandal should come as no surprise. How can anyone believe there is a SUPERMAN out there. Who could win seven Tour De France races without help? This certainly would give anyone pause and greed may have been the culprit.
Most, if not all of his sponsor’s have pulled the plug and lawsuits are piling up at the speed of light. But think about how many of them made huge amounts of money due to his success. They certainly cannot complain after all these years of cashing in on his name. Even his Livestrong cancer foundation has raised over $500 million by using his name to secure donations. And they even dumped him. They surely must have all had their doubts.
We as fans can also take some blame in his hunger to win. While we did not take the drugs nor lie, it is the pedestal we place on athletes and celebrities during their careers. In essence, we feed on their success and failures, adding more pressure on them to excel.
The interview did not shine a good light on his situation. He did not appear genuinely sorry for his crimes, but did imply he was just doing what so many others have gotten away with over the years. His disrespect of the sport of cycling is a shame…but does the media, sponsor’s, and fans need to look into themselves? Oprah’s ratings were definitely through the roof…with over 3 million tuning in on night one.
It just goes to show how our society puts so much pressure on people to win. If we could only consider success; as just attempting to go for your dreams and do your best, the cheating and lies would probably slowly evaporate. And yes, this goes for anything in life.
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WHAT MADE LANCE ARMSTRONG BREAK HIS SILENCE? http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/19/what-made-lance-armstrong-finally-crack-in-his-interview-with-oprah/