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Lance Armstrong Gives Up on Clearing his Name, USADA Goes After Titles and Prize Money

Convicted doper Floyd Landis, another Armstrong teammate, said he saw Armstrong using the performance enhancing drug EPO. “I also received some from him,” Landis told ABC News. “You know, rather than go into entire detail of every single time I’ve seen it: Yes, I saw Lance Armstrong using drugs.” [ABC News]

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS is a racket. College sports has been infected with the same lack of character, as we saw in the Jerry Sandusky case, with one of the most venerated coaches in history, Joe Paterno, judged to have covered for a child molester for years, along with others at Penn State. It comes after the Catholic Church was found to have shuttled pedophile priests around, continuing to endanger minors, because not even they had the moral courage to admit their crimes. Combined, this is representative of the lack of integrity that exists throughout American leadership, a plague that is also running rampant through our politics.

An excerpt from Armstrong’s statement:

There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, “Enough is enough.” For me, that time is now. I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. Over the past three years, I have been subjected to a two-year federal criminal investigation followed by Travis Tygart’s unconstitutional witch hunt. The toll this has taken on my family, and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today — finished with this nonsense.

I had hoped that a federal court would stop USADA’s charade. Although the court was sympathetic to my concerns and recognized the many improprieties and deficiencies in USADA’s motives, its conduct, and its process, the court ultimately decided that it could not intervene.

If I thought for one moment that by participating in USADA’s process, I could confront these allegations in a fair setting and — once and for all — put these charges to rest, I would jump at the chance. But I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair. Regardless of what Travis Tygart says, there is zero physical evidence to support his outlandish and heinous claims.

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5 Responses to Lance Armstrong Gives Up on Clearing his Name, USADA Goes After Titles and Prize Money

  1. fangio August 24, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    You need no further evidence that the rule of law no longer exists in this country. The Justice department dropped it’s case against him because they had no evidence, yet this did not stop this agency, which operates above the law and above the government, from ruining this man’s life and career with nothing more than heresay; which is not allowed in a court of law. The people accusing him are drug abusers themselves and made deals with this vindictive pig at the head of USADA. What this essentially means, is that anyone can have their life destroyed by any non governmental agency given wide ranging powers to operate outside the criminal justice system. Even the world cycling union ordered USADA to stop their witch hunt, telling them that they had gone beyond their authority.

  2. Mutaman August 24, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    Well we need to persecute Armstrong so as to be fair to the other athletes who weren’t doping . So we take away Lance’s titles and give them to the guys who finished second. Wait you say those guys have already been convicted of using? Well how about the guys who finished third. Oh, never mind.

    Query :are any of my tax dollars funding this nonsense?

    • fangio August 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

      YES! They are.

  3. Uh-oh August 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    I don’t think that this agency has the right to strip anyone of their titles–especially on the basis of “because I said so, that’s why”. Seems like it is the actual organizations who put on and run the events that have the only authority to strip someone of their titles.

    After years of hounding someone, when he says “enough”, is that really an admission of guilt???? I agree with him that he could not get a fair hearing from this organization–they wanted to make an example of him for their own reasons. I call BS, and I think that the rest of the world should call BS too and ignore this agency’s decision.

  4. spincitysd August 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    It is hard when one of your heroes fall. They clime so high, which makes the fall so long and hard. So the fall of Lance Edward Armstrong is especially hurtful. The feel good story of a man that beat cancer, and then went on to win the world’s toughest sporting event a record seven times, was too good to be true.

    I do wonder why Travis Tygart , the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, spent so much time and tax dollars going after Lance. I wonder what kind of burr got under his saddle? Maybe it is because Mr. Tygart can’t really do anything were the real heavy duty doping is going on; Football, Basketball, Hockey? He can’t do a blessing thing about any of those sports. I double dare the guy to start testing the NHL stars when they participate in the Winter Olympics, as is his right.

    No, Mr. Tygart went for one of the easiest targets out there, professional cycling. Cycling began dirty (quiet literally, it was quite the mud-caked affair back in the beginning of the 20th Century) and has stayed dirty.

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