Diatribe: Quelle Surprise! Armstrong Used Drugs!
Sometimes news really isn’t news. Ashley Simpson mimed her performance on Saturday Night Live? Janet Jackson was secretly married? Jodie Foster is gay? Lance Armstrong used drugs?!
Seriously … did anybody really think that he didn’t use drugs?
He did it. He finally admitted it. Lance Armstrong doped. In a two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey, the disgraced former cycling champion acknowledged that he had lied for years about being the ringleader of an elaborate doping scheme that kept him on the podium time and again. During all seven of his Tour de France wins, from 1999-2005, Armstrong was using performance-enhancing drugs. Winfrey got right to the point and asked him five “yes” or “no” questions to begin the interview.
- Did Armstrong use banned substances? “Yes.”
- Did he use EPO? “Yes.”
- Did he do blood doping and transfusions? “Yes.”
- Did he use testosterone, cortisone and human growth hormone? “Yes.”
- Did he do it in all seven of his Tour wins? “Yes.”
The fascinating story of a cancer survivor returning to win one of the most exhausting sporting events seven times in a row was, in fact, too good to be true. It remains to be seen if the interview and his confession will help or hurt him when it comes to repairing his reputation or aid in his defense in pending lawsuits. But it really comes as no surprise to most of us that he was lying.
Is it news if everyone already knows it?
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