On August 24, 2012, I wrote about Lance Armstrong and whether or not he doped:
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says yes. He says no. This of course has been a hot topic of debate for years. The reason it suddenly became news is because Mr. Armstrong has now dropped out of the fight to clear his name. He still says he’s innocent, but that he is no longer interested in carrying on the struggle.
I have no idea if he cheated or not, but I must say this seems like an odd decision for a man who is known for his endurance.
Well, now it’s official. Lance Armstrong says he cheated. I decided to skip the Oprah interview, and not just because finding her network on my TV is about like trying to find an honest politician. My reason for skipping the interview is because, well, the headline “Lance Armstrong Cheated” is about as startling as “Ice is Cold” or “Rain is Wet.” Honestly, I don’t think there’s ever been so much hoopla about an interview where the whole country already knew exactly what the interviewee was going to say. Oprah gamely tried to hype the show the day before by saying, “He didn’t come clean the way we expected him to.” Oh no? I saw the clip later, where he sat in a chair and said, “Yes…yes…yes…yes..” to her questions. I found myself wondering what on earth she expected.
Can I just tell you that I am over Lance Armstrong?
And now the question we’re faced with is, “Does Lance Armstrong deserve our forgiveness?” Every time I turn on the news another pundit is asking me to reach deep into my soul and see if I can find the grace to forgive him.
First, forgiving Lance Armstrong is not an issue for me. He didn’t sin against me. I don’t know the man and will likely never meet him. Others will certainly need to wrestle with forgiving him, but not me. So please, news people, stop asking already!
Second, my challenge when a story like this is in the headlines is simply to ask myself what I can learn. Honestly, in this case, not one thing. I already knew what cheating and lying will do to a man.
I’d like to think I can now wave goodbye to Lance Armstrong for good. Now that he’s admitted what everyone already knew or suspected, maybe we can wave to him as he rides off into the sunset. But no, sometime next fall, just in time for Christmas, we’re going to get another heavy helping of Lance as he does the PR tour for his new tell-all book, for which he will probably get a 7-figure advance.
Is this a great country for sinners, or what?
Maybe that’s the real story.