I have been debating for a while now whether the accusations leveled against seven-time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong are based on fact or a figment created by jealous competitors.
Personally, I am not sure what Floyd Landis, or others, would gain by making fabricated allegations; that is unless you consider the possibility of “headlines” for accusers as a motive. A motive supported by the media’s coverage of all the athletes gone “bad.”
Just a little perusing through the sports pages would show how elite and professional athletes from all walks are consistently demonstrating an apparent “need” for making poor character choices like performance-enhancing drug use. And it is not too much of a stretch to think that getting a little more media attention and fame from any ensuing success might just be an underlying factor.
I do have my own suspicions but I just don’t think it’s in good character to condemn a man without more proof.
However, “proof” could be coming soon as circumstantial evidence is mounting with federal prosecutors having subpoenaed records from a 2004 case where more than one person supposedly overheard Lance Armstrong tell doctors “he had used performance-enhancing drugs.”
At least that is what the Los Angeles Times is reporting in its article by Diane Pucin, “Federal prosecutors subpoena documents in 2004 Lance Armstrong case” in lastTuesday’s sports section.
Now whether I agree or not with the federal government getting involved in such a scandal, the fact that they are (and have subpoenaed documents) does weigh heavily, at least in my mind, against Armstrong. Why waste their time if there wasn’t more to this story than what we are reading about in the newspaper?
At this point, I think I will just wait, watch, and listen for a bit longer before throwing Lance Armstrong in amongst all the other losers who travel this cheating path toward fame and fortune.
Eventually the truth will come out, and I, for one, hope he is vindicated of such charges (even though my gut tells me differently). We all could use a sports “hero” – something sure in short supply these days.