By now, everyone knows Lance Armstrong FINALLY came clean about his juicing and cheating. Armstrong admits as much, in a two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey that he lied.
I listened to Colin Cowherd today and he was talking about bad guys and good guys. He mentioned how some people might appear to be bad guys and others were good guys. For example, he mentioned a pair of conservative talk radio show hosts, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage. He said Sean Hannity, despite the bombast was a “good guy” because he did a lot of nice things for people that he didn’t have to. He said Michael Savage was a “bad guy” because he was negative even when he didn’t have to be. Along the way, Cowherd said something I completely agree with:
Don’t worship people; you’ll never be disappointed
Lance Armstrong inspired people to beat a disease; one of the worst diseases there is. The Livestrong Foundation apparently did much good for people. But did Lance do it for the people, or did he do it for guilt? Did he do it for tax breaks? Did Armstrong do it to deflect negative appraisals when his PED issues became too much to ignore?
It’s definitely possible to be a bad guy and a good guy…at the same time. Cowherd pointed out George Steinbrenner was pretty well known as a bad guy, but gave away thousands of dollars to charity with no expectation of publicity. In light of that, the public judgement of Armstrong is going to be harsh. Armstrong can’t be made out to be a hero. Not because he was a cheater who won only by using PEDs, but he sought to destroy people who challenged him; who risked all they had for simply telling the truth. Furthermore, Armstrong was a phony; one of those guys who did some good things, but for perception. Armstrong toyed with people’s lives for his own benefit; knowing all along he was lying. Somehow, he amassed a nine-figure fortune through his years of cheating. Sorry folks; good guys don’t do that.