Lance Armstrong: Why Give It Up Now?
It seemed odd to me that Lance Armstrong was suddenly willing to spill about doping; then again, I don't follow cycling (or really any sports).
In the WSJ, there's an article by Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell, "Behind Lance Armstrong's Decision to Talk." This bit makes it sound like he was motivated by arrogance:
Last month, Lance Armstrong boarded a plane for Denver to do something several of his lawyers had advised against: sitting down for a private conversation with the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Travis Tygart had given the star cyclist no reason to believe that USADA would soften the lifetime ban from elite competition for what the agency called the "most sophisticated doping program on the planet." But Mr. Armstrong hoped he could change that.
At the meeting near the Denver airport, Mr. Armstrong talked openly about doping, arguing that cheating was rampant in all pro sports, including the National Football League, according to someone familiar with the meeting. He complained that he was being singled out for punishment. As the discussion wound down without Mr. Tygart budging, the seven-time Tour de France winner seemed ready to walk out.
"You don't hold the keys to my redemption," he said, according to the person familiar with the meeting. "There's one person who holds the keys to my redemption," he went on, pointing at himself, "and that's me."
This week, Mr. Armstrong is launching a public campaign to restore his image. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey taped Monday and scheduled for broadcast Thursday, Mr. Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.
This rehabs his image how? Before, I think there was a sense something fishy might have gone on; now it's definite.
Would people really forgive a guy who cheated his way to Olympic bronze and lied and lied and lied and then some? How far does our forgiveness go?
And does he seem reformed to you or just like he wants a shot at a new sport?
And finally, what about the argument that everybody in sports is doping?
And then, a question about all of it: Why is doping wrong? Is doping wrong?
Related -- from reason's Jacob Sullum: "Should Steroid Use Exclude Players From the Baseball Hall of Fame?" (More on the subject from other reason writers, including baseball psycho Matt Welch, at the bottom of the page at the link.)