Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lance Armstrong Investigation: More Misleading Information

Photo taken from the internet
All the news outlets are saying that Lance Armstrong has decided to quit fighting USADA but I don't believe it. Here's why...
If you read the fine print, Lance essentially said that he isn't going to fight charges but he will not accept sanctions from USADA. Hmmm, what does that really mean?!

It means Lance is speaking from both sides of his mouth! That's what fraudsters do. They say whatever will keep people believing in them. They are con men--that is confidence men.

It also means that his attorneys will fight any sanctions USADA decides to make. If that isn't fighting charges then I don't know what is.

Technically, Bill Clinton might say that it isn't Lance fighting charges, it's his attorneys fighting sanctions. Hmmm, that reminds me of another famous statement: "it depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." Give me a break, "how stupid do you thing we are?!"

Here is the fine print from USA Today:
Declaring "enough is enough," Lance Armstrong says he will not fight charges brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency...
Armstrong said his decision did not mean he would accept USADA's sanctions. His lawyers threatened a lawsuit if USADA proceeded, arguing the agency must first resolve a dispute with the International Cycling Union over whether the case should be pursued.
Ridiculous. How can someone even have a straight face when they say that they won't fight charges but that doesn't mean that I won't sue you if you sanction me?!

I mean seriously, if you're wondering how to react to this try to imagine how you would react if Charles Manson were to make a statement that he will no longer fight any allegations that he is a murderer. At the same time Charlie is making this statement, he is paying his attorneys to state that if the authorities try to throw him in jail he will sue them! That is about as absurd as this statement is! All that I can guess is that this must be either a publicity stunt or a last ditch attempt to regain lost confidence. Unfortunately, some people will undoubtedly get sucked in and think Lance is a hero again because he's going to be a martyr for the greater good. Are you kidding me?!

Travis Tygart said it well in response to this ridiculous double speak:
"It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and our athletic heroes," USADA CEO Travis Tygart said. "This is a heartbreaking example of how the win-at-all-costs culture of sport, if left unchecked, will overtake fair, safe and honest competition."
In my opinion, this is not surprising at all. Fraudsters believe they can get out of anything with one more lie. Sorry for my passion tonight but this affair has already gone on too long. People thought Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme lasted a long time...I'm warn out by all the lies and falsehoods and claims of witch hunting and communism.

I just hope Travis Tygart has plenty of energy left...Lance knows this is the last time trial, he's down by four minutes and if his rival crashes he could win this race. My money is on Travis but it isn't over yet.


  1. Smart move by Armstrong though. He gets to keep the evidence from becoming public why claiming victimhood. It's amazing how he suddenly got too tired to fight seconds before having to go to arbitration and face the evidence. But if you think people won't fall for it, take a gander at any comment section from any site reporting this decision. I'm at the point that if he confessed tomorrow, half the public would claim he was blackmailed.

    1. I'm going to join Lance and blame exhaustion for the errors.

      That should say "while" claiming victimhood, and the last sentence is a mess.

  2. Much will depend on the strength and detail of the dossier USADA supplied in announcing its sanctions against Armstrong. The more evidence presented, including affidavits from witnesses, the more difficult it will be for the UCI to resist implementing the sanctions and for Armstrong to challenge them before CAS or the courts.

    It will be interesting to see if Johan proceeds to arbitration. Armstrong has must to lose from the evidentiary fallout should it be made public. Of course, Johan has far more to lose economically from a lifetime ban. I put the odds at 60/40 that he will arbitrate.

  3. He won't fight it because the process is unfair and there is no way to win guilty or not. I'd like to see you go through the time commitments of fighting his legal battles and then criticize him for not wanting to. In fact I;d like to see you be half as committed to anything as lance is to everything he does.

    1. >>In fact I;d like to see you be half as committed to anything as lance is to everything he does.<<

      LOL...including doping. Thanks for the laugh, Jim.

    2. Actually, a federal judge in Austin ruled that the process isn't unfair. He specifically ruled that USADA's arbitration proceedings would provide sufficient due process. If Lance really feels like the process is unfair, why didn't he appeal the judge's ruling? I'm not going to waste my time regarding your comment about commitment--clearly you know nothing about the person to whom you are talking.

  4. Isn't Armstrong making a jurisdictional argument as well though? I'm not sure, but I thought he was also arguing the USADA's jurisdiction to hear this matter vis-a-vis the jurisdiction of the UCI and the CAS -- part of this, I suppose, would be refusing to participate in the USADA's arbitration proceedings on the basis that those proceedings are the incorrect forum.

    1. Yeah, he made both arguments. He argued that USADA's arbitration process was unfair and would not allow him sufficient due process, and he argued that USADA didn't have jurisdiction. The judge rejected both of those arguments.

    2. The judge didn't reject both arguments. In fact the judge said It's a dispute between Armstrong and USADA and the US government won't get involved.