Former U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping — as is widely known at this point — but according to ESPN.com, he still would dope if he had the chance to do it all over again.
Here is an excerpt from that interview, with Armstrong admitting his bad attitude at the time – expletives have been deleted – and explaining his mentality.
“I knew what my competitors were doing. We [his U.S. Postal Service team] were doing less,” Armstrong said in an interview for ESPN The Magazine. “We were more conservative, and that’s the reason we were never going to be caught.
“This is a story because I was a bigger a–h—. Because I was more litigious. Because I was more combative. … And I’ve heard from a lot of people who say, ‘You made all the money, you got all the fame, you deserve this.’ And I hear that, and I understand that people think that way. But it’s not consistent with what USADA has said.”
Lance also believed he was singled out because of his attitude, according to the report from ESPN.
“Do I think I made a lot of mistakes? I know I did,” Armstrong said. “Do I think I was way too adamant and forceful in the denials? Absolutely. Was I way too aggressive when it came to getting in people’s faces or contesting their versions of events? Yes.
“But at the same time, was I singled out? Yes. Only time will tell which aspects of this have been fair and honest. For the first time in my life, I’ve just got to have real patience, which is not my virtue.”