LANCE VERSUS THE LOSERS

My column in today’s American Spectator discusses the latest chapter in the “get Lance Armstrong” movement. Many hoped Armstrong would be left alone after the FDA dropped its expensive and futile investigation:

But this was not good enough for some of Armstrong’s antagonists. Travis Tygart, the CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), issued a Captain Ahab-like vow: ‘Our investigation … is continuing, and we look forward to obtaining the information developed during the federal investigation.’

Armstrong has had more drug tests than any athlete in history, and never failed even one, yet an agency with no new evidence and no jurisdiction outside of the U.S. is attempting to strip him of his European titles:

This is a distinction that was not lost on the International Cycling Union (UCI), the governing body for international sports cycling and the entity that administered doping tests while Armstrong competed … UCI has indicated that it is not prepared to merely rubberstamp USADA’s precipitous action.

UCI has expressed concerns about the fairness of the USADA investigation, but the CEO of USADA accused UCI of participating in a vast conspiracy to protect Armstrong. Read more about this witch hunt here.

Comments 6

  1. Marc Brown wrote:

    How’s your faith in Lance holding up?

    Posted 05 Jan 2013 at 5:32 pm
  2. Catron wrote:

    My faith remains firm that small, pathetic people will always try to bring down winners. It has ever been so.

    Posted 05 Jan 2013 at 10:10 pm
  3. Marc Brown wrote:

    Yes but what about Lance?

    Posted 06 Jan 2013 at 5:55 am
  4. Catron wrote:

    So far, after a decade of Javert-like pursuit, the evidence against him consists of 1,000 pages of coerced hearsay.

    Now we have a report from the NYT (based on unnamed sources, of course) that he may be considering a public confession.

    None of this would stand for 5 minutes in a court of law, which is why the DOJ had to drop its case.

    Unlike the losers who want to see him (and all successful people) fall, I’ll reserve judgement until actual evidence or a public confession materializes.

    Posted 06 Jan 2013 at 10:06 am
  5. Marc Brown wrote:

    So he now admits it. Still think he’s successful? I’m surprised to see you of all people siding with cheats – although I guess it’s consistent with your views on cheating ordinary people out of access to healthcare.

    Posted 15 Jan 2013 at 4:09 am
  6. Catron wrote:

    Well, I at last have some evidence that can be taken seriously, at any rate.

    More interesting is how you can condemn him and yet still support pathological liars like Barack Obama.

    Your ostensible love for purity and truth is rather selective, is it not?

    Posted 15 Jan 2013 at 7:52 pm

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