Lance Armstrong to confess to doping during TV interview with Oprah Winfrey, report says – ESPN

Lance Armstrong to confess to doping during TV interview with Oprah Winfrey, report says – ESPN.

While it’s difficult for me to condone cheating in sports (I have an upcoming piece about the baseball Hall of Fame voting) I am glad that Lance Armstrong is finally going to come clean and admit what many have suspected for years. I applaud him for finally doing the right thing.

I think that some of the Major League Baseball players who have been suspected or caught cheating could take a lesson from this. It’s my opinion that our society for the most part is a very forgiving society. We have forgiven athletes, actors, celebrities, and even President’s for making mistakes. As a society as long as someone comes out and tell us “hey, I messed up” I think that we have been pretty quick to forgive. What bothers me with some of the baseball players is how they have profusely denied any wrong doing. Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and even Pete Rose to an extent would have done themselves a great service in admitting to their wrong doing and facing up to it. Players that have been caught and flat-out admitted their mistakes, instead of hiding behind a flimsy excuse, have been welcomed back into the game. Andy Petite is a good example of that. When he was caught he didn’t make any excuses, he stood up like a man and admitted that he cheated. By doing that, he never became as vilified as some of the others that were caught and tried to convince everyone it was some sort of mistake. I applaud the guys who stand up and take the consequences like men.

None of us know what ulterior motive that Lance Armstrong has now to confess to cheating. He may realize that he is backed into a corner, and there is nowhere to go, it may be to save his image and the image of Livestrong, and it may be financially motivated. Whatever his motivation is for confessing I still applaud him for FINALLY doing the right thing.



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