Lance would not of been .....well "lance" without the cheating to get where he got.
If someone lied, cheated, and smashed others along the way of achieving greatness, I could not hold him up and say he is great or respected on any level of my thoughts.
He would not of achieved anything near what he has done, on ANY level, without winning those races. He got there by one way...cheating. I do not dismiss it by suggesting others may have done it also.
Lance would of achieved far less if he would of lost those races. And I can not suggest to my children that cheating is ok, by suggesting lance did other good things along the way. Or that the end justify the means.
Funny thing is that most who actually know the man, do not like him. Egotistical, narcissist, and other words are often used. Some may use terms like "driven", but that does not mean anything. It is the path one chooses while being driven that defines the person.
To suggest a person is a heck of an athlete and driven to win....should be about a person doing the right thing. Would he be the same athlete is not for the doping? Would he of been driven if not for winning the first or second race while cheating?
In my mind, I can not have him achieve superiority over other competitors, while cheating, then suggest he's a heck of an athlete.
In a society that claims "you did not do that on your own" and discrediting hard working people, I find it interesting that so much credit can be given to a cheat, defining him as a great athlete while racking up wins by cheating.
And he certainly is not anyone I will be holding up as an example for my kids to learn from. That is the defining line in how I view this. Would you hold Lance up as an example to your kids? I don't hold 'figures" up for my kids to idolize, but there are entertainers, sports figures, and others in high regard that my kids know about.
Far too many times in our society, we claim to be a passionate group, willing to forgive anyone for anything. We have labeled killers as being a victim of how they were raised. We forgive criminals and suggest it was others peoples fault. And we hold our chests out, and state loud and clear, that we are passionate. we are sympathetic. And no matter what anyone does, we will forgive them if they just say they are sorry. We are all at fault, and without sin, and this suggests that we are all just like Lance, just in other ways. So we must embrace Lance. we must forgive Lance. We are.....Lance!
Problem is, this now breeds a society that does anything, knowing at the end of the day after doing what they do, they can cry a tear, go on a talk show, and have people fall over themselves in seeing who will forgive the cheat first while trying to slide up next to a "winner" while trying to feel good about themselves.
Next we will be calling for Jerry to get out of jail based on the foundation he created, instead of focusing on the lives he destroyed.
Lance is a fraud, cheat, and gets no label from me in thinking he is "driven" or a great athlete. I think he is scum. And that is about the same as most who actually knew him.