I watched the Oprah interview on Lance Armstrong last night and it was very interesting. I didn’t watch the entire show because after a while, it all sounded the same. “Did you take illegal performance drugs” “Why did you sue people who were actually telling the truth?” Most of the time his answers were the same. Basically “Yes I did it” or “I don’t have a good answer for that” “I understand I was wrong” ” I owe the people I hurt an apology.” This went on for 90 minutes with the exact same look on his face the entire time. I have no idea what I expected to see or hear him say.
Seriously, he did what he did, he’s only sorry for it because he got caught and I’m not too sure he’s really sorry but that’s between him and his God or his conscious. He’s only human. Yeah, we get that because we’re all only humans. I haven’t seen any aliens or androids around so except for our pets and livestock…..we’re the only humans on this planet and yes we’re always screwing up in some way or another.
The bigger issue than what Lance Armstrong did is that it took him a decade to come clean…no pun intended. He’s not the first person to do this and he won’t be the last. He’s also not the first person to do something illegal and use the money for good. So does that mean he gets a pass? A lot of rappers were selling drugs in order to feed their families….right or wrong? I’m sure there are a lot of drug cartels that are feeding starving children in their countries. However, what is the message we continue to send to our children.
I think what may be worse is the way people are justifying his actions. Has it really come down to “Well everyone is doing it so what’s the big deal” The big deal is our children are watching and unless you’re telling your children that it’s OK to win at all cost, we’ve got a problem that is going to screw up our next generation.
Still support him if you choose, but stop with all the BS justifications and don’t add a “but” or “however” right after you admit that his actions were 100% wrong. Do it for the kids.