So Lance Armstrong quit fighting. So what’s the big deal?

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So Lance Armstrong quit fighting his innocence over doping charges? So?  I don’t care if he did or didn’t.  I will wear my live strong bracelet just to say thank you for raising awareness on cancer. My family has been riddled with cancer for many years, my mother for example had cancer and beat it many years ago, and I couldn’t be more thankful that she’s alive today.  If Lance Armstrong cheated in a sport where cheating is the only thing to do to win, then I will wear my bracelet with pride and thank him for everything he’s done since he’s cheated.

Let’s get something straight, I am not wearing my bracelet because he cheated, I am wearing my bracelet because of the way he changed cancer for North America from horror to hope.  I am wearing my bracelet for everybody who got their chilling cancer diagnosis and said to themselves, “Hey, Lance Armstrong did it, Why can’t I?”

Yes, the USADA riding roughshod over greasy rules and sketchy standards declared the best cyclist to ride a bike in the World guilty of doping.  Then last Friday, Armstrong himself, gave up.  Lance Armstrong gave up. A person who fought cancer, and beat it, gave up a court battle.  “Enough is enough,” he wrote in a statement.  But in his defence, it was so one sided, there would be no chance of him winning the battle even if he was innocent.  In my opinion he gave up not because he was guilty, it was because he was exhausted after the constant battle with USADA.  When a man who never quits finally quits, you don’t know how to feel.

Sure, Armstrong could go to arbitration, but according to people close to him, he’s spent $5 million on his defense. And would you go to arbitration, knowing that the USADA sets up the rules of arbitration? The same people who you’re fighting with? I didn’t think so.  So, yes, the USADA stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles, all I can say to that is: So what? Sure you can take the titles away, but you can’t take the moments away that will forever be with him.

So Lance Armstrong may have cheated, just like everybody else. Or maybe he gave up the fight because the whole thing is more crooked than a Homeless person on East Hastings Street.  After all, USADA convicted him on hearsay, not on proof, so where is there actual proof?  People who pay attention to this closely should know that Lance Armstrong hasn’t failed a single drug test, so they took the word of riders like self-admitted liar Floyd Landis.  All of their evidence is based on testimony, not tests.   So do me a favour but most importantly for Lance Armstrong, if you have a live strong bracelet, or something yellow, wear it.  They might be able to ban Lance Armstrong for life, but they can’t ban him from life.

 

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