Is Lance Armstrong sorry for doping, or is he just a Cycle-Path (psychopath) and pathological liar?
Armstrong ruined many lives and attacked many people for accusations of blood doping and performance enhancement drugs. What does he expect to gain from his confession, and does it change anyone's opinion of his deception?
Lance Armstrong's confession is as cleverly contrived and cynically engineered as his systematic use of drugs to enhance performances. I think he represents the ailing world of the sporting drug cheat and hopefully he will be the last of these thick skinned dinosaurs to curl up quietly in a corner and never venture out again.
If my memory serves me well a certain Ben Johnson started this drub abuse big time when he in outlandish fashion won the 100m sprint in 1984, beating a great clean athlete Carl Lewis into 2nd place. Thus began the descent into a sort of complex hell in which doping tests and other scientific scrutiny became the norm in the increasingly dirty unsporting world of athletics and other sports.
At the moment there are so many chemicals, agents, middle men and other advisors in the mix it is virtually impossible for the authorities to sort things out. That's how Mr Armstrong got away with it for so long. Hopefully the tide has begun to turn. Cleaner and cleaner athletes are voicing their opinion - you don't actually need drugs to win gold medals or big events!!
This is the sad irony. But until the world sporting authorities get together and agree on life time bans for drug cheats this shady business will go on.
Lance Armstrong became a victim of his own celebrity, fuelled by the knowledge that he would not get caught and hey ,if he did happen to test positive for a substance, wouldn't he be able to contest the verdict? That famous yellow jersey and world wide publicity were just too much for his ego to resist.
If Armstrong expects forgiveness then ,yes, some may forgive him, but I suspect he doesn't give a damn about people accepting his confession. He's so wrapped up in his celebrity persona he cannot separate fact from fiction, lie from truth, and he'll endeavour to spin his way out via the media roadshow that he loves to entertain.
I do feel a little bit sorry for him because he went through the cancer barrier and emerged unscathed but to cheat and lie the way he did?
Hello Chef! This is an excellent answer and very true to form for a person that is seeking some sort of redemption (on his terms). I imagine his cancer was related to the EPO and other very dangerous chemicals he was injecting himself with.
If the cancer is from epo, then some kids i know have much to fear. They have been given growth hormones for medical reasons. One related
He was worried about being found out and attacked the very thing he was doing. It's actually pretty common and I think you are a little hard on him. Everyone is a hypocrite. Unfortunately, he was a hypocrite in his own passion.
Yeah, it occurred to me a few days ago that Armstrong might be a sociopath. He certainly has some of the traits. Very interesting question ehealer.
Watched the whole thing. He has always been a jerk, but he is an amazing bicyclist. Probably would have won a couple of the tours w/o doping. He strives to be the best in a world where quality is relative. Getting to the top is essential regardless of what you have to do. Look at politicans. I see him as Everyman. If you call lose $75 million in two days, tell the kid who trusts you enough to defend you, leave the foundation you have given your heart to, then face you mother and not have some remorse, you are indeed a slime. As much as a jerk as I have always thought he was he is the only pro athlete to say it's true. "i did it. "Too late. At least he did it.
Being competitive makes you single focused. When your eye is on winning all you see is the finish line. Best wishes
For Lance to be "sorry for doping," in and of itself....would be to say he "regrets" the fame, fortune, power and notoriety he achieved, throughout his career. Since it is widely believed that his doping, in fact, was instrumental in creating this god-like Olympic Figure/TOUR WINNER.....it follows that "doping" skyrocketed him to his Highest Point......I seriously doubt he is SORRY for any of this.
He may very well, now, be sorry for having been exposed, accused, questioned and pointed at.....which lead directly to his subsequent, repeated denials and adamant insistence to the contrary....and further, his alleged threats and bullying, involving fellow-athletes.
Can we all sing a verse of "Oh,What a Tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive?"......
Any LIE/Deceit...multiplies, divides and spreads....gets bigger and more complex, until finally ...the weaver of the web is helplessly entwined....and at the mercy of his accusers. Sad.
I don't believe Lance is a sociopath, nor a pathological liar. I believe he is an imperfect and mortal human being, who fell fiercely into the trance and trap..of believing he transcended his humanness and mortality....becoming instead, the god-like creature he envisioned, in the glare of his medals, the mountains of his money, the adoring cheers of his fans, the offers of more fame and fortune.....
Lance is surely not the first to do this, nor will he be the last.
The "Super Human," is an illusion to the world and a Delusion to himself. The one true finale to this, ever, can only be an eventual return, devastatingly or gracefully....to one's humanness. What you reap after this, again depends on the mercy of those who once adored you...and the forgiveness from those you abused. It's all, really this simple. I am 100% certain, what will be "Lance's hugest regret in life" is this last move he made, to come out publicly and admit and apologize. At this moment, he literally HATES himself.
I believe any and all such public figures caught doing "whatever it was," be it sports figures "doping," or politicians cheating on their wives; all will spout public apologies. In my opinion, it doesn't mean they are actually sorry they did what they did and regret the choices they made; it simply means they are sorry they got caught!
I agree with fpherj48, he's human and I think we need to continue to rebuke the idea of the perfect person because of this.
I do think he's sorry he got caught though. You talking about an elaborate hoax portrayed on the public, yeah he's definitely sorry about getting caught and losing that money. Not to mention he's gotta pay that back and settle with people he falsely accused of lying to protect himself.
I know one person who is happy now, Sheryl Crow. She is probably doing a happy dance she didn't marry this man. I know I would be.
No, I don't think he's sorry. I think we won't see true remorse until a year from now when (and if) Oprah does a follow-up interview after he has had time to live with and own his admission of guilt. He did this to reclaim and restart his life, not to apologize. I watched both segments and observed his facial expressions and body language. The only time I saw real emotion was when he talked about his 13 year old son having to defend his rat father. That was genuine. All else was Lance doing what he needed to do to get some semblance of his life back and salvage what he can.
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