FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2009 file photo, Lance Armstrong speaks during the opening session of the Livestrong Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland. Local and international news crews are staking out positions in front of Armstrong's lush, Spanish-style villa ahead of the cyclist's interview with Oprah Winfrey later Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)
Updated: February 16, 2013 6:14AM
Finally, say those in the know, Lance Armstrong admits it:
He took illegal performance-enhancing drugs to win all those bicycle races.
And, as he apparently told Oprah on Monday in an emotional interview to be aired Thursday, he is sorry.
And he sure hopes everybody will forgive him in time for vehemently denying it all these years, constantly threatening accusers. And let’s all forget how his vilifying damaged the reputations of honest people.
And, golly, he did start this big foundation, Livestrong, to help people with cancer cope and survive. And why should the foundation suffer for his sins? No matter, as the New York Times reported Monday, that his fame and fortune have
been intimately intertwined with and enhanced by the foundation’s activities.
And, you know, it’s not like nobody else in professional bicycle racing, let alone the larger sports world, never did dope. (Let’s hope he didn’t try that foolish defense.)
And don’t his good deeds outweigh his misdeeds?
And wouldn’t it be nice, as one co-founder of Armstrong’s foundation told the New York Times, if the public would finally give Lance a break and “move on”?
Well, in a word, no.
Confession is good for the soul, so it’s nice that Armstrong confessed, if in fact he did. We await the airing of the complete interview with Oprah.
But Armstrong cheated for years and lied for decades, and his entire financial empire was built on a foundation of deception.
Folks might be ready to offer him good wishes, maybe even forgiveness, but forget about regaining the public’s esteem.
Lance Armstrong no more deserves a shimmering spot in the limelight than Sammy Sosa deserves a spot in the baseball Hall of Fame.