Armstrong confesses to Oprah that he doped for years
|Scooped by Genevieve Valle|
The now-failing USPS once paid $30 million to underwrite Lance Armstrong's cycling in the Tour de France. It is estimated that at the time of his wins, Armstrong earned $100 million from endorsements for Nike and Anheuser-Busch. All of this income contributed to his current net worth of $125 million. His lie goes deeper than giving himself an unfair advantage in those races, defrauding corporations out of millions of dollars, bringing shame to his country and to his sport, and initiating legal battles against former employees (many earning modest salaries) whose only "crime" was telling the truth about Armstrong's lies. Perhaps worst of all, his story of unending triumph gave hope to those with grim cancer prognoses after he created the mammoth Livestrong, a cancer charity built upon on the myth of his hard work and dedication. ( Recall the ubiquitous yellow rubber bracelets. "Talismans of hope," as one jounalist called them.)
Armstrong is currently being sued by a host of media outlets, the USADA, etc. I'm interested to see if the Justice Dept. joins Floyd Landis, Armstrong's former teammate, in his current federal whistleblower action Against Armstrong. Do not feel sorry for Mr. Armstrong. Telling the truth shouldn't earn him a medal of honor. Its time we start applying the same punishments you or I would face to celebrities. Oprah's interview is just the start of a long, mapped-out Press tour designed to decrease Armstrong's chances of serving time for his elaborate decade-long fraud. It's easy to be swept up in the celebrity of superstar athletes, but there is no other place for Armstrong but jail. He lied seven times while under oath in a Dallas court. Plain & simple. Marion Jones was disgraced after her use of performance enhancing drugs, stripped of her medals, and jailed for 6 months after lying to federal investigators. Lance doesn't deserve a pass for going to Oprah before the lie blew up on it's own.