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Cycle of Lies
January 23, 2013 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
I ALWAYS had a deep appreciation for Lance Armstrong. It had little to do with his great cycling feats. Rather, as a person who lost his sister to cancer, I admired his ability to beat the dreaded disease. Armstrong was all but dead from cancer as it spread throughout his body. He did what many could not do. Armstrong conquered cancer, a cancer that was in an advanced state. Armstrong is a poster boy for being a valiant and passionate cancer survivor. Unfortunately, few, if many, will hold the former seven-time Tour de France winner in such high regard. That is because the Texan is a liar and cheat, and a vindictive one. After years of denying he was a blood-doper and user of performance-enhancing drugs, Armstrong attempted to come clean, using the Oprah Winfrey Show as his forum. He flunked that test as well. Armstrong, while admitting to countless misdeeds, came across as insincere and insensitive. Armstrong seemed indifferent to the fact that he sued the people who came forward and detailed his indiscretions. Armstrong attacked anyone who offered the truth about his antics. Yet when he had the opportunity with Oprah to show remorse, he failed miserably. For years, evidence continued to mount against Armstrong. All the while, Armstrong stood rebellious in his denials. Prior to his Oprah interview, I believe the majority of Americans believed Armstrong was lying. When given the chance to regain public support, he made himself look worse.
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