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Friday, August 24, 2012
Lance Armstrong = Pete Rose?

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks on Monday dismissed Lance Armstrong's lawsuit against USADA, concluding that: 1) while USADA processes were questionable, they accorded with due process (although the court skipped the prior question of whether USADA is a government actor); 2) Armstrong had to resort to administrative and foreign remedies; and 3) he contractually agreed to arbitrate all doping matters with USADA. On Thursday, Armstrong announced that he is not going to fight the USADA proceedings. This likely means he will be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, his Olympic medal, and all other cycling accomplishments dating back to 1998; he also may receive a lifetime ban from cycling.

Armstrong's statement continues to insist that he never doped or used PEDs. It explains that he decided to "turn the page." While he would "jump at the chance" to defend himself if he thought the process was fair or legitimate, he "refuse[d] to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair."  But, he reminded everyone, "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."

In taking this position, Armstrong sounds very much like Pete Rose. Rose similarly stopped fighting MLB's investigation and accepted a punishment, but without admitting any wrongdoing.  He then spent fifteen years insisting that he had done nothing wrong and that no one had proven that he had done anything wrong and reminding everyone that someone got all those hits and achieved all those things on the field. Eventually, of course, Rose gave up and admitted wrongdoing.

Curious to see what happens with Armstrong going forward.


Why is it such a foregone conclusion that his titles will be stripped when it isn't in USADA's authority? Seems to only be UCI realm of power, and they haven't been thrilled with USADA lately.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 8/24/2012 1:07 AM  

Most of the people who have watched competitive cycling over the past two decades have been waiting for years for the Armstrong/Bruyneel How I Did It book.

(Yes, his teammates know who won those seven Tours--including the one where finishers 2-5 were all subsequently punished for doping. It's a shame Bruyneel isn't so visible as Armstrong, or we might get the book sooner.)

Blogger Ken Houghton -- 8/24/2012 8:46 AM  

Great analogy to the Pete Rose situation!!! Many others, too. Don't forget Marion Jones.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 8/25/2012 4:52 PM  

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