The title of an ABC News article released on January 14, 2013 is “Lance Armstrong ADMITS Doping in Tour de France, Sources Say” (Web-site/URL: http://abcnews.go.com/US/lance-armstrong-admits-doping-tour-de-france-sources/story?id=18211227#.UPTk70PV9o8.twitter).
“Armstrong made the admission in what sources describe as an EMOTIONAL (?) interview with Winfrey to air on “Oprah’s Next Chapter“ on Jan. 17 (2013)”. Was Armstrong GENUINELY “emotional?” Again this is something else which is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Also, isn’t it interesting that LANCE ARMSTRONG becomes a part of “OPRAH‘s Next Chapter”. This answers a question that many people have, which is: we WILL see Oprah again and like other journalists, Oprah DOES NOT like talking about herself.
According to Livestrong spokeswoman Katherine McLane, “Armstrong’s “SINCERE and HEARTFELT (?) apology” generated lots of tears”, adding that “he “TOOK RESPONSIBILITY (?)” for the trouble he has caused the foundation:. DID HE REALLY “(take) responsibility?” Again, this is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
According to International Cycling Union (ICU) President Pat McQuaid,,”(speaking) at a news conference in Switzerland announcing the decision (to STRIP Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles/championships and banning him from competitive professional cycling FOR LIFE)”, “Lance Armstrong HAS NO PLACE in cycling and HE DESERVES TO BE FORGOTTEN in cycling“. WOW That’s a damning criticism. “This is a LANDMARK day for cycling” and NOT a good one/NOT something to be proud of/brag about.
According to a source, speaking to ABC News, a representative of Armstrong’s once offered to make a donation estimated around $250,000 to the agency, as “60 Minutes Sports” on Showtime first reported.
“Lance Armstrong’s attorney Tim Herman denied it. “NO TRUTH to that story. First Lance heard of it was today (January 14, 2013). He NEVER made any such contribution or suggestion“. This is the latest ASSERTION.
“Herman told The Associated Press (that) HE HAD NO KNOWLEDGE of Armstrong considering a confession and said: “When and IF Lance has something to say,THERE WON’T BE ANY SECRET ABOUT IT” obviously. Armstrong has been DEFIANT that he has NEVER used Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs). Well now, we know THE OPPOSITE is true.
Finally, even COMMENTATORS are weighing in. ABC‘s ELIZABETH VARGAS quoted an article entitled: ” Lance admits to VILE BETRAYAL” which she then paraphrased into “live strong, LIE LONG“. Vargas goes on to say that this is THE GREATEST DECEPTION IN SPORTS HISTORY. This is the THIRD story about people who should be role models for the rest of us, but sadly they AREN’T after ROGER CLEMENS, BARRY BONDS and SAMMY SOSA were DENIED entry into the BASEBALL Hall of Fame because they used PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS (Web-site/URL: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/eye-on-baseball/21527385/hall-of-fame-voters-elect–no-one) and “Hall of Fame track coach (Bev Kearney) resigns after admitting affair with athlete” (Web-site/URL: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/06/sport/texas-track-coach-resigns/index.html?iref=storysearch). Again, CHEATING IS UNACCEPTABLE. We can’t and MUSTN’T have one set of rules for everyone else and a SPECIAL set of rules for SOSA, CLEMENS and KEARNEY. The one involving KEARNEY is especially DISGRACEFUL because it involves a breach of PERSONAL trust. Student-athletes should be able to LOOK UP TO their coaches who should serve as MENTORS to these young people. By engaging in this affair, Coach Kearney clearly DID NOT do that. This should remind us of a FAR MORE SERIOUS scandal involving GAO WEI (Web-site/URL: http://www.qcri.qa/our-people/bio?pid=44) and CUI XILING (Web-site/URL: http://www.hksyu.edu/ba/CuiXiling.html). GAO LIED on his CV because he NEVER WORKED ANYWHERE until AFTER he finished his PhD. Cui is EVEN MORE DISGRACEFUL because she has A TOTAL OF THREE publications in EIGHT years as a PhD. candidate. However she found the time to have TWO kids in 3.5 years. This is DEEPLY troubling because this suggests that Gao & Cui WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ADMITTED to CUHK without this scandal.