Posted December 12, 2013

Lance Armstrong says he was singled out because he wasn’t nice

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Lance Armstrong told Le Monde magazine. (Getty Images)

Lance Armstrong reportedly has lost more than $150 million in future earning after admitting to doping. (Getty Images)

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong said in an interview with ESPN the Magazine’s Joe Lindsey that he feels like he is being singled out because he wasn’t the nicest guy in the world.

Armstrong also says his teammates on the United States Postal Team were doping less than his competitors – calling their doping program “conservative” – and that was the reason he felt like they weren’t going to be caught.

 “This is a story because I was a bigger a——. Because I was more litigious,” Armstrong said. “Because I was more combative. And I’ve heard from a lot of people who say ‘You made all the money, you got all the fame; you deserve this.’ And I hear that, and I understand that people think that way. But it’s not consistent with what USADA has said.” 

Armstrong also said he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles because he was aggressive in the way he went after the people who said he was doping. Armstrong was eventually banned from the sport for life and admitted to doping in a television interview last year.

“If we’re gonna be honest, then just say ‘He’s an a——. We had to go after him. He tested positive for being the biggest a—— in the world.’ Fair. I can live with that,” Armstrong said. “To say that he cheated his competitors? Ask them! Ask my competitors.”


11 comments
benjamin.econ.hansen
benjamin.econ.hansen

Frankly, there is way more doping in football and basketball. 


I don't see why cycling (and baseball to some degree) are getting singled out.  

dandogwood
dandogwood

If fricking bike riding-bike riding isn't a sport . Kids ride bikes to play.  Lance is a liar.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Lance was singled out because he was a worthless degenerate cheater and a fricking scum ball liar for ten years. hang this piece of crap.

MarkBikeFanatic
MarkBikeFanatic

Really? I'm amazed that Lance is even trying for the sympathy card. Something about his actions really doesn't pre-dispose itself to forgiveness. Oh yeah, and the hundred of millions that he made through maintaining the lie. That doesn't really leave a great taste in the mouth either...

JRoc
JRoc

Anyone with a sports background and half of a brain knew that he was doping when he one his first TDF!  It was obvious because he did not just beat all of the other dopers, he blew them away!


Unfortunately, Lance is right about being singled out because almost every athlete in every sport that is widely followed takes something that is banned, including: testosterone, HGH, steroids, blood boosters, blood transfusions, stimulants, beat blockers, beta-agonists, insulin, and actovegin.


I am sure that we will be having the same conversation about Usain Bolt one day!  After all, how is it that his times blow away all of the other dopers throughout history...Ben Johnson, Tim Montgomery, Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin, Dennis Mitchell, Maurice Green, Linford Christie, Dwain Chambers, Carl Lewis, and others?

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

<breaks out the world's smallest violin for poor little Lance>

iBrownguy
iBrownguy

Lance Armstrong is correct about the fact that he was/is a jerk. His reputation was well known in cycling circles before all of the "Tour de Farce wins". 

Pro Cycling has been dirty for years but the "Lance show" took it to new levels when he openly destroyed people and their careers. 


I could not agree more Fifilo...


"Back under the rock you go.....no one cares anymore Lance!!!

Fifilo
Fifilo

Not nice like how? His bribes were too stingy?


Back under the rock you go.

ronniess
ronniess

Man, I'm sick of Lance.  He's even defending himself being an a--hole now.

ronniess
ronniess

Lance got this part right:


“If we’re gonna be honest, then just say ‘He’s an a——. We had to go after him. He tested positive for being the biggest a—— in the world.’ Fair. I can live with that,” 

ronniess
ronniess

Lance, you got this part right:  “If we’re gonna be honest, then just say ‘He’s an a——. We had to go after him. He tested positive for being the biggest a—— in the world.’ Fair. I can live with that,” Armstrong said.