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.

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  1. 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. 
  2. Bad thing for USA as Greg Lemond is the only official Tour de France winner
  3. Many sided with Mr. Armstrong, with some calling the Usada's actions a "witch hunt". 
  4. How many times do you have to fight to clear your name. I'm sure he realizes it will never end.
  5. It's amazing to me that people can't leave this guy alone. No amount of failed lawsuits, unproven allegations, suspicions, and so on are enough. They'll probably try to sue the guy after he's dead.
  6. 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. 
  7. 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.
  8. He passed a whopping 500 objective med tests, which is overlooked by the USADA, who prefers to give the weight of "proof" to ten jealously vindictive cyclists. Something smells rotten in the kingdom. Armstrong did the right move, under these impossibly biased conditions.
  9. Whatever happened to INNOCENT until proven guilty???
  10. At the end of the day he did a lot more good than bad! This is soooo dumb. If anything all they r doing is hurting the fight against cancer. Really sad
  11. Others wished Mr. Armstrong had fought on. 
  12. All I know is if I was innocent I would fight tooth and nail...... till the last dollar I had to prove it...I would not just give up and say oh well I fought the good fight...
  13. He beat his competitors, he beat cancer. Pity he gave up the fight for his integrity and reputation.
  14. 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.
  15. So sad. He could have made a different choice and still win. He chose a different path that lead to a scandal and, frankly, shame.
  16. So tired of cheering for people who did not earn or deserve it. But the true athlete should be recognized and given the medals.
  17. 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.
  18. Best decision for a guilty person. This way he still gets to keep his loyal followers, friends and family who will believe he is innocent. Establishing the truth in public would have mad him a total pariah. This way ambiguity gives him some modicum of respectability.
  19. Still others felt like the decision had left things unanswered or could have been better left ignored.
  20. poor guy. He has worked so hard to be the best. Who will ever top his record? They just need to leave him alone, and have some respect.
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