I think if he had just denied doping it would be possibly forgivable, but that fact that he went after people with lawsuits.... it just takes it to a whole other level. Just MHO.
What really bothers me is that what if you are an innocent cyclist and a few people get together to get you ousted, for whatever reason. Perhaps they don't like your personality. They can actually do it, if they get enough people to say you doped. Even without real evidence it can happen. It makes me dislike that sport.
I don't think so, nor should he ever be forgiven
He was someone I thought I liked and admired I didn't know that side of Lance, that everyone else seem to know. I don't care what happens to him. The way he treated his team mates that were subpoenaed to talk about what happened, he threatened/bullied them as well- nasty, nasty, nasty
He was a nasty bully, and I am not convinced 100% now, that all the drugs he took, didn't add to his cancer.
I'm a fan of Alexander Ovechkin (pro hockey player for the Washington Capitals). A year or two ago, a sports writer - with an apparent personal axe to grind - suggested that Ovechkin must be using steriods (because of a long-term scoring slump). His evidence? Ovechkin's mother was an elite athlete in Russia - she played basketball - and it's common knowledge that Russian female athletes are all on steriods because of their large size. Ergo, Ovechkin is a steriod user. :mmm
Yes, a lot of top athletes are not very nice. When you are that driven to excel and to win, selfishness and ruthlessness is often part of the equation. Pro sports has been a cesspool for a long time, but we see more and more of it in amateur sports now, and it manifests in a variety of ways. The win becomes everything.
He denied many the title and endorsements had they won. All those racers who came in second must be incredibly upset.
That's why I'm disgusted at the targeting that Armstrong has received. He's just being used as an example & a grudge match.
The guy may be a major jerk, but that doesn't mean he deserved to be targeted to the extent that he has been. Professional sports is loaded with major jerks. I think it's the arrogance. Some manage to to avoid it, but I think they're the rarity.