Lance Armstrong Tries to Exit Controversy
Lance Armstrong just issued an extraordinary statement, ahead of reports he will be stripped by the USADA of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling:
"There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough.' For me, that time is now."Armstrong, a Colorado resident, describes the USADA probe into doping allegations as one-sided and unfair:
"The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of controls I have passed with flying colors. I made myself available around the clock and around the world. In-competition. Out of competition. Blood. Urine. Whatever they asked for I provided. What is the point of all this testing if, in the end, USADA will not stand by it?"The world-renowned athlete staked a claim on his racing career:
"I know who won those seven Tours, my teammates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours. We all raced together."Armstrong concludes:
"Going forward, I am going to devote myself to raising my five beautiful (and energetic) kids, fighting cancer, and attempting to be the fittest 40-year old on the planet."How Armstrong's public image holds up now becomes the stuff of what will certainly be a legendary effort at reputation management.