What Should Happen With Lance Armstrong Now?

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles for taking performance enhancement drugs. He continued, however, to protest his innocence. He is now reportedly confessing that he did, in fact, dope in order to win.

Several media outlets are quoting an AP source that claims seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has now confessed to Oprah that he did in fact take performance enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. 

Armstrong was stripped of all his titles last year despite vehemently protesting his innocence all the way through, tweeting the following statement just prior to losing his titles: 

I have been notified that USADA, an organization largely funded by taxpayer dollars but governed only by self-written rules, intends to again dredge up discredited allegations dating back more than 16 years to prevent me from competing as a triathlete and try and strip me of the seven Tour de France victories I earned. These are the very same charges and the same witnesses that the Justice Department chose not to pursue after a two-year investigation. These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity. Although USADA alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy extended over more than 16 years, I am the only athlete it has chosen to charge. USADA’s malice, its methods, its star-chamber practices, and its decision to punish first and adjudicate later all are at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play.

I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one. That USADA ignores this fundamental distinction and charges me instead of the admitted dopers says far more about USADA, its lack of fairness and this vendetta than it does about my guilt or innocence.

Armstrong enjoyed widespread public support prior to losing his titles. d. Even after he was stripped of his titles, many readers thought it was unfair.

So if he has indeed now admitted that all that was a lie and he did in fact participate in doping, what do you think should happen to him? Should he face perjury charges and should he refund prize money and endorsement payments?

Michael k January 15, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Lance Armstrong should be banished to the same island of misfit toys where Pete Rose currently resides. And his apology to the Livestrong staff should be circular filed. He practiced a scorched earth policy against anyone who spoke the truth about the pervasiveness of PED's in his sport. http://t.co/w3Cgwoa1 To paraphrase Ronald Reagan's Labor Secretary, Ray Donovan, where do all those people go to get their reputations restored after they were crushed by Armstrong?
Shirley F. January 15, 2013 at 02:06 PM
I have always thought that Lance Armstrong was guilty of doping. His consistent denials only showed me that he went to unbelievable lengths to pass drug tests and to win at any cost. He had really hoped that he would be able to weather this out with having passed 500 drug tests, but the truth always comes out. Now that he is no longer on top, and has lost endorsements, etc., his ego cannot stand to be ignored and not have the attention it has had for so long. All I can say is yes, he should face perjury charges as he had a million and one times to come clean. Yes, strip him of all prize money and endorsement payments. This may sound harsh, but he really thought he could get away with one of the biggest scams in cycling and in sports. Hope he just quietly goes away. Him and his huge ego.
Amy January 16, 2013 at 01:44 AM
He was so steadfast in his denials, I was sure he was telling the truth. He has no conscience. Of course, he's going to be asked to pay back the money, but he's going to file bankruptcy and get away with it. He's a disgrace.
Holly January 16, 2013 at 03:55 PM
I feel sorry for a person so obsessed with his own success that he's able to con himself into believing he'd never get caught. Of course he should give back every dime and admit to everything under oath. This isn't just about humiliation though, even if that is important, it's also about the fact that he stole that money, those prizes, and the celebration AT THE TIME OF THE RACE that the REAL winner would've been able to experience; you can't get that moment back and there are enough of them that I suspect a class action suit should ensue to further drive home the example of this kind of behavior. Shame on Lance for thinking this wasn't going to catch up with him. Shame on him for thinking it was okay to do it in the first place.
Debra Evans January 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM
I don't plan to watch him try to explain, apologize, or whatever he will be doing with Oprah. He has lied for years.They should continue to go after him.
Michael C. January 17, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Judge not lest ye be judged yourself. Let the that is free of sin cast the first stone. If you think for one second that The United States Postal Team just happened to be the ONLY team on this world stage to be involved in this type of program, YOU are incredibly naive. The US Government (under Obama, mind you) looked at the same evidence he was charged with by USADA and cleared him. A seven time, US, successful, charismatic, director of a foundation that's put wristbands on 30% of the most targeted country in the world in jealousy and hate seems to be a easy tower to tear down. With so much money and advertising capital paid to teams to be victorious in almost every professional sport I could not imagine the incredible pressure each athlete is under to win. Most athletes know how the game they participate in is played not the game of science and medical performance enhancement.
Elizabeth January 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Glad he was made an example out of. LIVE WRONG
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew January 19, 2013 at 04:53 AM
Dear Lance is getting hit harder by far than Former President Bill Clinton ever has been.
Karen A January 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Michael, You are the one who is naive. Read "The Sociopath Next Door" by Dr. Martha Stout, and you will see that Lance Armstrong fits the description of a narcissistic, manipulative, and controlling bully. Sociopaths have no empathy for others. They only care about winning their game and destroying their opponents, whether it's in sports, business, religion, politics, or ruining their families. His apology is meaningless as he does it only to gain some future advantage for himself. He is incapable of remorse. The fact that others in his sport were doping did not absolve him of his own responsibility to abide by the cycling rules and the law. He defrauded the USPS and Nike and many others, and he should be prosecuted, sued, incarcerated and made to repay the millions he swindled out of others. If we 'judge' that Lance is a wrongdoer, it's because he admitted his actions, which were unethical immoral, and illegal. Lance Armstrong is a slimy and repugnant worm, not worthy of our respect, or pity for that matter.


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