I'd heard on the radio that he'd confessed to using drugs in all 7 of his competition wins and didn't think all that much of it, because sport is rife with this kind of cheating.
However, I've just read about how he handled the many people that called him out about his cheating during his career. He ended up lying (well, of course) and horribly bullying those people, suing them with his powerful legal team in an effort to financially ruin people of much lesser financial means than him in order to shut them up. He degraded them in public and a whole lot more that we'll probably never know about.
What a fucking jerk. I wonder how many people will now have the means and the courage to countersue him for the sometimes irreversible damage that he did them? Certainly the big sponsors like Nike are suing him now and rightly so.
What gets me is that this was someone who had cancer and really needed all the support and TLC that he could get from his friends and family. He knows what it's like to feel vulnerable and scared - scared for his life - yet he was more than happy to inflict this kind of misery on others.
And then he recovered. I'm sure some people wish he hadn't...
At one point Armstrong addressed Betsy Andreu, the wife of a former teammate Frankie Andreu, who testified that while lying in a hospital bed in 1996 Armstrong told his doctor that he had doped.
Over the years Lance and his henchman bullied and bruised Betsy relentlessly. They called her names. They tried to wipe her out. They, according to Betsy, blackballed her husband's career. She kept standing up and speaking out. There was even a voicemail from an Armstrong associate who said he hoped "somebody breaks a baseball bat over your head."
Lance knows he was terrible to Betsy so he said he called her the other day to begin making amends. You know for, among other things, calling her "crazy." He decided to tell Oprah about it, including what is apparently his idea of a sense of humor.
"I did call her crazy," he said. "I did. I did … I think she'd be OK with me saying this, I said, 'Listen, I called you crazy; I called you a bitch; I called you all of these things, but I never called you fat.' "
Read the rest at Yahoo
Note that as doping is rife in all forms of sport, I'm sure that all the other sportsmen and women are at it too, so every time you see a "champion", remember this.
The question then becomes: are those people doing the same kind of nasty bullying as Lance Armstrong? I wouldn't put it past them with such big money and careers at stake. This guy simply confessed to it.