The Debate on Lance Armstrong
Word of Lance Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency led to a flurry of activity across social media. The debate: Whether Usada should have pursued the case against him, and whether Mr. Armstrong should have fought the allegations.
- While many were saddened by the news, Twitter and Facebook lit up as users debated whether Mr. Armstrong's decision to not fight the allegations was the right choice.
- Many sided with Mr. Armstrong, with some calling the Usada's actions a "witch hunt".
- In 2010, The Wall Street Journal was the first to report that a former teammate had accused Mr. Armstrong of doping. Those accusations eventually led to the investigation by Usada and the charges brought against him in June. Mr. Armstrong denied any wrongdoing throughout, and claimed to have passed more than 500 drug tests.
The announced penalties against Mr. Armstrong led many to criticize the role of the Usada and its process.
- After this much time, this is an outrage. USADA should be stripped of their ability to do this. He followed the rules, he passed each and every test and to come back after this long and say well, you didnt earn any of that is rather disturbing and disgusting. I applaud Lance for focusing on his life instead of this load of crap.
- Others wished Mr. Armstrong had fought on.
- Despite not contesting the charges, Mr. Armstrong still denied that he cheated when notifying Usada. In a statement, he said: “If I thought for one moment that by participating in Usada's process, I could confront these allegations in a fair setting and - once and for all - put these charges to rest, I would jump at the chance. But I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair.”
Still, some saw his decision as an admission of guilt.
- This is not about "doping.". This is about a society that has been led to believe that a person's success is either the result of others' sacrifice (You didn't build that!) or some kind of "unfair" advantage. Hard work and natural ability are no longer values that are held in esteem. Success is a result of unearned advantage and cheating. It doesn't take a genius to see where that philosophy will take society.
- Still others felt like the decision had left things unanswered or could have been better left ignored.
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