Wow, what a difference a few months can make. It looks like after being publicly disgraced and banned from cycling for life, Lance Armstrong is considering confessing to doping. By admitting his guilt, Armstrong is hoping that his lifetime ban from cycling can be reduced. In order for Armstrong to even possibly be allowed to race again, he would have a lot of confessing to do including how he doped, who helped him, and how he hid it for so long. Many people are trying to persuade the once beloved athlete to come forward including those involved with his old charity LiveStrong. I think that Armstrong should confess, but the lifetime ban should stay in place. I always rooted for the guy and what he stood for, but knowing that it was all false is pretty disappointing. Here is my ruling: Stay off the bike, but let him get involved with LiveStrong again.
Attention all NFC playoff bound wide receivers, be very afraid of going deep. Why you might ask? Richard Sherman, the extremely talented Seattle cornerback, has won his appeal on his four game suspension. Sherman was suspended for taking Adderall, which is not exactly a performance-enhancing drug, but illegal nonetheless. Now Sherman did not exactly say he did not take the drug, but felt that the test was contaminated because the cup had a rip in it. While most speculated that there was no way the NFL would overturn the conviction, Sherman always remained confident. Sherman shared his joy on Twitter by simply saying, “I won”. Seattle’s playoff hopes just got extremely better. Sherman is coming off one of the best week he has ever had in which he caught an interception in the end zone, four passes defended, and a blocked field goal returned 90 yards for a touchdown. Yet, he didn’t make the Pro Bowl, wonder if the cheating rumors had something to do with it.
It might be the holiday season, but Kyrie Irivng just gave his girlfriend the worst possible gift. Irving posted a picture on his Instagram of him with two girls on his lap. After getting a ton of backlash for it, Irving removed the picture, but the damage was already done. Kyrie sent out multiple tweets to explain the picture. He even tried to say that someone else was responsible for making the picture public. Hmmm… if that is the case maybe Kyrie should reconsider those in his inner circle.
One person who didn’t seem too upset, Kyrie’s girlfriend, Natalia Garibotto. She was away on vacation while all this was happening, but instead of making a scene on Twitter, she actually took the high road. This is what she had to say everyone talking about the story, “For everyone tweeting at me, nothing is up. Just a couple hoes who need attention and clearly in desire for more Ig and tweeter followers. ✌” Maybe it is not as bad as it seems. Who knows.
Everybody, including Lance Armstrong, always wondered who was responsible for turning the beloved athlete into the USADA. By now everyone is aware that Armstrong has given up his long fight with the USADA about the use of performance enhancing drugs and was banned from cycling for life. Those names have now been released and they are quite scandalous.
Apparently, out of the eleven names given some included Armstrong’s former teammates George Hincapie, Tyler Hamilton, and Floyd Landis are responsible for handing over evidence to the USADA. Wow, if a man can’t trust his teammates who can he trust? Isn’t there some kind of athlete code like don’t rat out the superstar when we are all reaping the benefits from it? This must be devastating to Armstrong who is still dealing with the end of his career and the loss of all the accolades he achieved throughout it. This guy really can’t catch a break right now.
Lance Armstrong is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time. He beat cancer and still competed in Tour de Frances. However, all his accomplishments have been wiped away. Armstrong has long been excused of cheating and has always fought it. However, he has decided to stop fighting and just relinquish his titles. ALL seven of them. He will also no longer be allowed to race again. Armstrong’s last option was to enter into arbitration after retiring last year. “There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ For me, that time is now,” Armstrong said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. He called the USADA investigation an “unconstitutional witch hunt.” So what proof does Armstrong have that he was clean all those years? The dozens upon dozens off clean drug tests, both urine and blood, that he has taken over the years. Armstrong needs to realize that he is a hero for so many people and to give up just shows them that nothing is worth fighting for. He might not have asked to be a role model, but he sort of did when he came forward with his cancer diagnosis and overcame it to win another title. This will not take from people’s memory of Armstrong’s incredible accomplishments, but it it such a sad ending to his amazing story. He was the guy everyone pulled for and wanted to see succeed. Who didn’t own one of those Live Strong bracelets? Maybe the USADA should take his clean tests into consideration before such drastic measures.