Well now I'm not even sure he had cancer.
There is nothing in this essay with which I can disagree. Certainly Lance
Armsrong's deceiptful behavior should be punished as it has been by
stripping him of his titles. Certainly his long overdue admission of guilt is a
blow to those who have supported him even in the midst of allegations that were
unable to be validated by the testing methods available but were validated by
the testimony of the long list of those who knew him best, his fellow team
members. Certainly this is a huge blow to the noble efforts of the foundation
he founded and will most likely have a negative impact on future fund-raising
efforts.But in the midst of all this disappointement and contempt I
find it ironic to consider that if Lance Armstrong had not won 7 Tour de France
races there would be no interest in his story of recovery that inspired the
creation of the Livestrong Foundation. This morning on the radio I heard a
woman explain that she will continue to support the foundation because of how
much it and the people who run it helped her through cancer treatment. She has
no interest in or care about cycling. Cont.
Cont. And as the essay points out, it would wrong to claim that the end
justifies the means. And yet isn't that a typical story in the American
culture. People become famous and we eventuaslly put them on a pedestal and
almost worship them. They often use that fame (and fortune) for good causes but
then, quite often, we doscover their human flaws and they suddenly fall from
grace and then they are often vilified.I suppose that some may
consider what Lance Armstrong did to be criminal. But I doubt he will do any
time in jail for his deceipt. And how has the world been harmed by his
dishonesty? How has the world been harmed by similar actions of those who were
rejected at the baseball Hall of Fame this year? Yes, our faith in mankind has
been dealt a blow and the disappointment we have experienced can weigh us down
as we make our way in the world. But perhaps it is a lesson to learned that
putting too much faith in things of this world should be replaced by our faith
in a greater power, one that IS perfect and will not disappoint.
All the moralizing from peoplel who watched and saw one unchangeable truth: He
won the races.
Re: ". . . moralizing from peoplel [sic] who watched and saw one
unchangeable truth: He won the races."So, what we hear you
saying is, the end DOES justify the means, huh?Well, at least the
honesty is refreshing.But the sentiment is scary. Not
just for sport, but for a world that seems to have adopted the ethic that, if
you get away with cheating, there's no morality involved.Sad.
He's a cheater who beat other cheaters. By all accounts he's a bad
person but nobody else he raced against was clean either so who really cares?
How has the world been harmed by Armstrong's dishonesty?Besides
the shattering of the reputation of a previously respected athlete,
Armstrong's dishonesty impacted the athletes who didn't cheat. It is
entirely possible that other teams would have won those races thus generating
fame and opportunities for those teams that they were denied. Moreover, other
stories of triumph over personal challenges never came out because those
individuals played by the rules and didn't win.Additionally,
creating victory through cheating, then using that triumph to motivate people to
support philanthropic endeavors is a form of fraud. The
steroid-using baseball players have harmed their sport on a variety of fronts.
One of those impacts is the harm that has been done to teammates who didn't
cheat. Were contract negotiations, trades and player value negatively impacted
for non-cheaters because the cheaters artificially created more value for
themselves by circumventing the rules? Of course they were, and that also is a
form of fraud.Yes Armstrong's actions are
disappointing...understatement...but there are other very real economic
ramifications that have resulted from his actions. It's a ripple effect
that is difficult to fully calculate.
The problem with cheating is you'll never know how well you could've
done if you didn't cheat. It's a shame and I have to wonder if the
chemicals that Armstrong used on his body were not contributors to his other
Armstrong turned out to be a great CONN artist. He used cancer and LiveStrong
and used them both as a front to turn attention away from his cheating. It
certainly worked - he made 100 million!! I hope all of that personal money is
LOST from law suits going forward.The man is a criminal.