Armstrong master of deception

So Oprah landed one of the biggest interviews of her career.

Her two-hour interview with disgraced cyclist and banned competitor Lance Armstrong is set to air on her OWN network Thursday and Friday.

I’d like to know why Armstrong picked Oprah Winfrey to confess to cheating after repeatedly and under oath stating that he did not?

Did he figure he could manipulate the interview?

You can bet his lawyer’s prepared him for every answer.

At this point, few have any trust of Armstrong. Is he remorseful? And if it appears that way, is it real remorse?

He already apologized to the cancer organization he founded, Livestrong.

“Heartfelt and sincere,” is how Livestrong spokesman Katherine McLane described his apology,  Associated Press reported.

He was ruthless, though, in keeping his secrets under wraps, cutting team members loose if they didn’t do what he wanted, ripping his critics in public, calling reporters on the phone to yell at them if their coverage was negative.

The Denver Post’s Troy Renck reported this critical information.

“Armstrong had brilliant lawyers and an ingenious cloak. Attacks on Armstrong became attacks on his war against cancer. No one can ever dispute the impact Armstrong has had in raising money for research and serving as an inspiration for cancer victims. But he benefited from Livestrong as well.

“It was part of his defense against detractors. How dare you hurl accusations after everything I’ve overcome? Why would I take drugs after nearly dying from cancer?

“Those who knew the truth became not flies on his windshield, but bugs that had to be stomped into the cement. Armstrong’s status freed him to bully those who questioned him. He used the trust he had built up as an icon to win the court of public opinion against former teammates, competitors and journalists.”

One could argue that Armstrong was the best of a sport plagued by cheaters. If he didn’t take performance-enhancing drugs, he wouldn’t have been anywhere near the top because so many did dope.

If everyone else is doping along with you and you win, are you still the top cyclist because there is a level playing field of cheats?

With such scrutiny now, is it time to remove cycling from the Olympics, as Canadian IOC member Dick Pound suggests?

I say yes.

The sport is poisoned. It has no place in the Olympic Games.

Do you agree?

And how could the International Cycling Union not have known about the disgracefully high numbers of cyclists that cheated? Further investigation of what the union knew needs to take place.

Will you watch the Oprah interview?


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