Sportswriter Questions Lance Armstrong’s Doping Admission

BY LORI RAUDIO

Lance Armstrong has once again captured headlines after he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. In an interview with Oprah, yet to air, Armstrong reportedly came clean about what most people have known for a long time. Yahoo Sports reporter Dan Wetzel analyzed the situation in an article titled “Lance Armstrong’s Doping Admission: Questions Oprah Should Have Asked.”

Most people know cycling is riddled with performance-enhancing drugs, so this shouldn’t be a surprise. Rather, people are questioning the time of his admission and his motives. As Wetzel asks, “Why now, Lance?”

Wetzel made many great points in his article. For one, he mentions Armstrong did some positive things in his career. He did beat cancer and used his platform to inspire millions of others through his Livestrong foundation. Beyond this, however, Armstrong’s choices negatively impacted the lives of people who tried to reveal his secret.

If Armstrong simply admitted to doping a long time ago, I think it would be easier to forgive him. But, as Wetzel showed in his article, there is a laundry list of people who Armstrong took down in his denial. He falsely sued the Sunday Times of London for libel, he threatened those who spoke against him including former teammates and employees, and created many other lawsuits just to protect his lies.

There are probably more people Armstrong hurt to keep the truth from coming out. Why is he now choosing to admit his wrongdoings, and will he be forgiven by his fans and the sports world? These are all questions to be answered in the next few weeks. After the Oprah interview airs, it will be interesting to see if Armstrong is truly sorry for his actions or has ulterior motives for his doping admission.

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