There was no shortage of people taking Lance Armstrong’s confession on Oprah of using physical enhancing drugs personal.
Hollywood actor Mathew McConaughey told several media outlets that he is ‘mad at Lance Armstrong.’
Neil Keene of the Herald Sun wrote a column on how all of Armstrong’s accomplishments are a work of fiction.
There is no denying Armstrong has been somewhat living a lie over his cyclist career. He denied using performance enhancing drugs on several occasions over the years. He also sicked his team of lawyers on people that accused him of using these drugs.
I completely understand that he owes apologies to media publications that he sued and/or attempted to, his die-hard fans, his sponsors, businesses that he has now somewhat tainted, his family, and of course, cyclists that he has edged in the past because of his drug use.
However, I don’t understand why everyone and his/her dog is mad at the 41-year-old man.
Why do people that never took the time to watch any of Armstrong’s races all of sudden care about his life and want to slander him?
My simple response to these people – get over yourself. If you don’t owe Armstrong an apology for your mistakes, why should he for his? After all, aren’t you both humans? Or are celebrities made from a different cloth?
I in no way condone what Armstrong did. He not only cheated, but he also did everything he possibly could to cover up his mistake.
Nonetheless, I feel sorry for him. He is about to pay for his mistake far worse than any other athlete that has used performance enhancing drugs has.
In a blink of an eye he has went from being known as one of the world’s top athletes of all time to a cheater and a disgrace to cycling.
Before his confession he could walk into almost any bar in the world and someone would buy him a drink. Now it seems his face would meet a fist rather than a free drink.
I feel for his family, too. His kids and the rest of his family are bound to receive unfair looks and snarly remarks until this becomes yesterday’s news.
Some have even gone to the extent of talking down his battle over testicular cancer. These people clearly need to get their code of ethics in order. It is completely unfair to mix his cycling career with his battle with cancer. He may not be a hero in the cyclist world anymore, but that shouldn’t take anything away from his impressive victory over cancer.