For years there have been allegations of doping against cyclist Lance Armstrong, from supposed failed tests to former teammates outing him. But the saga is likely coming to an end — and end that will likely see Armstrong get a lifetime ban and be stripped of all of his Tour de France titles.
Armstrong is dropping his pursuit to clear his name on charges leveled against him by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, and wipes out the career of one of the most inspirational figures in sports history. After defeating testicular cancer, Armstrong proceeded to dominate the Tour de France and become a spokesperson for beating cancer and cancer awareness.
Just about everyone has heard of Armstrong’s Livestrong campaign and have seen the yellow bracelets all over the place.
“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.”
Armstrong has been adement in his stance that he has not used PEDs in his career, and instead of blaming himself, he’s placing the blame on the USDA.
“At every turn, USADA has played the role of bully, challenging anyone who questions its motives, at taxpayers’ expense.”
But regardless of how he has perceived the allegations against him, Armstrong will be forever labeled what many have been calling him for the last decade: a cheater.
Barry Bonds using performance enchancing drugs was one thing. Learning that someone like Armstrong is guilty is even more sickening and disheartening. Even if people have speculated for years to the point that this announcement is no longer shocking, it’s still earth shattering to have closure on the situation.
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