Reactions to LANCE ARMSTRONG’s Doping Admission: ABC

The title of an ABC News article released on January 18, 2013 is “Lance Armstrong May Have LIED  TO Winfrey: Investigators” (Web-site/URL: http://abcnews.go.com/US/lance-armstrong-lied-oprah-cover-crimes-investigators/story?id=18245484#.UPo4Y5OMnsU.twitter).

“Lance Armstrong MAY HAVE (?) lied (again) to Oprah Winfrey during his SO-CALLED confession Thursday night about his doping during the Tour de France bicycle race, investigators told ABC News today (January 18, 2013)”. “may have?” Armstrong DEFINITELY “lied”WOW. Oprah has a reputation of getting THE TRUTH out of people.

“Armstrong, 41, admitted for the first time that his decade-long DOMINANCE of cycling and seven wins in the Tour de France were owed, in part, to performance-enhancing drugs and oxygen-boosting blood transfusions. He told Winfrey that he was taking the opportunity to confess to everything he had done wrong, including ANGRILY DENYING reports for years claiming that he had doped”. “angrily denying” is the latest CIRCUS.

“Investigators familiar with Armstrong’s case, however, said today (January 18, 2013) that Armstrong DIDN’T COMPLETELY come clean. They say he BLATANTLY lied about when he stopped doping, saying the last time he used the drugs and transfusions was the 2005 race”.

“during the interview”, Armstrong said: “That’s the only thing in this whole report that upset meThe accusation and ALLEGED (?) proof that they said I doped [in 2009] IS NOT true. The last time I crossed the line, that line was 2005” the last of his SEVEN Tour de France titles BEFORE THE BOTTOM FELL OUT ON HIM.

You DID NOT do a blood transfusion in 2009?” Winfrey asked”.

No, 2009 and 2010 ABSOLUTELY NOT“, Armstrong said”. This was a DEFENSIVE ASSERTION and LIE (Web-site/URL:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).

“Federal authorities looking to prosecute criminal cases will look back at the “last OVERT act” in which the crime was committed, they explained. If Armstrong doped in 2005 but not 2009, the statute of limitations may have expired on potential criminal activity”. 2005 of course was the last of Armstrong’s Tour de France wins whereas in 2009Armstrong had been RETIRED FOR 4 YEARS.

SHOCK and DISENCHANTMENT were among the reactions from people most familiar with the famed cyclist’s history after his on-air confession Thursday night (January 17, 2013)”.

According to Betsy Andreu, “the wife of Armstrong’s former teammate and CLOSE FRIEND Frankie Andreu”, speaking on “Good Morning America”, “I COULD NOT BELIEVE that Lance apologizedLance DOESN’T say, ‘I’m sorry‘” of courseat least not WILLINGLY“Lance ISN’T used to TELLING THE TRUTH and so I think in the days to come, in the months to come, I’m HOPING that we’ll see THE CONTRITION“. Of course, now we know that clearly DIDN’T happen.  “Actions speak louder than words so IF the words AREN’T empty …,” Well, “the words” WERE/TURNED OUT TO BE “empty”Also, “former…close friend” is DEEPLY troubling. That means Armstrong BAILED OUT ON Frankie Andreu.

ABC News consultant and USA Today columnist Christine Brennan called Armstrong’s admitting that he used performance-enhancing drugs “a MAJOR miscalculation”That’s an interesting INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).

“Brennan told ABC‘s George Stephanopoulos This is like Bernie Madoff coming back after three months or Richard Nixon coming back after three months”. Bernie Madoff, of course, is a SWINDLER whereas Richard Nixon orchestrated WATERGATE. “NO ONE (?) WANTS TO HEAR FROM THESE PEOPLE SO SOONREALLY? Again, this is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).

“It was a LOSE-LOSE (situation) going in. I think he did MORE HARM than good to his reputation, and he just looked COLD-BLOODED and CUTTHROAT and RUTHLESS“, three EXTREMELY NEGATIVE characteristics.

“Minutes after Armstrong’s confession aired on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, the Livestrong Foundation — the Austin, Texas-based cancer charity that he founded — released a statement expressing DISAPPOINTMENT in their former leader“, as if we need ANY MORE “disappointment”. “We at the LIVESTRONG Foundation are DISAPPOINTED by the news that Lance Armstrong MISLED people during and after his cycling careerINCLUDING USEarlier this week, Lance apologized to our staff and WE ACCEPTED his apology in order to move on and chart A STRONG, INDEPENDENT (?) IS ANYTHING “independent? Our success HAS NEVER been based on one personit’s based on the patients and survivors we serve every day, who approach a cancer diagnosis with HOPE, COURAGE and PERSEVERANCE“, values that Armstrong NO LONGER represents.

“Travis Tygart, head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), said in a statement, “Tonight,(January 18, 2013) Lance Armstrong FINALLY acknowledged that his cycling career was built on A POWERFUL COMBINATION of DOPING and DECEIT. His admission that he doped throughout his career is a small step in the right direction. But IF he is sincere in his desire to correct his past mistakes, he will testify under oath about THE FULL EXTENT of his doping activities” and this “extent” is SHOCKINGLet’s also note that Tygart and Armstrong have been going after each other for YEARS now.

“John Fahey, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said, “He was WRONG, he CHEATED and THERE WAS NO EXCUSE for what he did” obviously. “If he was looking for REDEMPTION , HE DIDN’T SUCCEED IN GETTING THAT“.

“Such a reaction\ to the HIGHLY ANTICIPATED interview was only the tip of the iceberg as pundits, those close to Armstrong and even everyday people took to Twitter and other social media outlets to share their thoughts on what Armstrong said was “one big lie that I REPEATED A LOT OF TIMESThis was “highly anticipated”but it’s clear that many DID NOT get what they EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).

“Cyclist and former Armstrong teammate Jonathan Vaughters tweeted, “A GOOD FIRST step. I NEED TO SLEEP (?)” “I need to sleep?” WHAT COULD THIS POSSIBLY MEANOn the surface it could be GIGI IBRAHIM (gsquare86) talking/making random commentsHowever on a serious notethis is someone who NO LONGER WANTS TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH Lance Armstrong anymore.

“David Walsh, author of the Lance Armstrong book, “Seven Deadly Sins” tweeted, “First reaction is Oprah began the interview BRILLIANTLY (as only OPRAH can do) with her series ofyes or noquestions.IT FELT GOOD (?) to hear him admit to doping“. REALLY? That’s AN INTERESTING INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).

“The reaction included Brennan’s USA Today column headlined: “If Possible, Armstrong Less Likable After Oprah” which is surprising because Oprah has a reputation for getting people to become MORE “Likable”. “He was even more UNLIKABLE than one might have imagined. He was SMUG.. He was CURT. He was COLD and UNFEELING“, INCREDIBLY NEGATIVE emotionsWe should AVOID being around people who exhibit such negative emotions whenever possible.

“But more LEGAL troubles could be on the horizon for THE FORMER Tour de France winner after this TELL-ALL interview”. This is why “tell-all interviews” are a BAD idea/NOT a good idea. Finally, GMA legal analyst Dan Abrams finished off: “He’s opening himself up to an ENORMOUS amount of possible CIVIL litigation here that could lose him millions of dollars”“dollars”So we’re talking about MONEY and of courseArmstrong is sure to LOSE money because he will surely lose ENDORSEMENTS as a result/because of/stemming from this latest scandal which is surely CAREER-ENDING given that Armstrong is already 41 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_Armstrong)..

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