Dr. Mark Posted August 24, 2012 Share Posted August 24, 2012 I am so angry about this, I can barely type. Lance Armstrong finally gave up his fight against the USADA's allegations that he doped in the course of all 7 of his Tour De France wins. He has passed over 500 drug tests. The man has never failed a drug test in his career. The US Department of Justice found no evidence to pursue a trial, the same people that prosecuted Bonds and Clemens. Even the U.S district judge that dismissed his lawsuit against the USADA said this week that in his opinion it appears to be a with hunt by USADA. ("U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks noted, though, that the USADA's "conduct raises serious questions about whether its real interest in charging Armstrong is to combat doping, or if it is acting according to less noble motives.” ) Their case is reportedly based solely on the testimony of anonymous witnesses. With the dismissal of his lawsuit, his only remaining option was to go to an arbitration process...controlled by the USADA. How fair. How impartial. The USADA is a taxpayer funded organization, whose job is...you guessed it...to find athletes who are using PEDs. In order to justify their continued existence, they have to find targets. Otherwise, we, the taxpayers, may do away with their phoney-baloney jobs. Armstrong says he was emotionally exhausted. He has been fighting this for thirteen years. I can understand that. I know exactly how he feels. I have had a legal fight with the U.S. Government. They have unlimited resources, unlimited time, they are incredibly arrogant, and they are never wrong (in their eyes). When they lose, they just reload and come back again. I have no idea if he doped or not. Frankly, I don't care. Cycling at that level is an incredibly dirty sport, and yes, a lot of cyclists dope. If you look back at the records, almost every one who placed in the top ten at the Tour has either been caught, or has been under suspicion of using PEDS..and that's for the last decade or two. What I do know is this: The man overcame testicular cancer that had metastasized to multiple spots throughout his body. He became a beacon to people all over the world who were involved in their own fights with cancer, including my late nephew Reed, who thought he was a hero. He gave them...and Reed...the courage and endurance to fight on, in the face of incredibly awful odds. He gave them hope. He raised over $600 million dollars for cancer research. So who fucking cares if he used PEDs, in a sport riddled with them. Compared to him, Travis Tygart, the attorney who heads the USADA, is a pimple on the ass of humanity. Here endeth the rant. 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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