A decade and US $125 million dollars later, cyclist, Lance Armstrong, confesses to doping during the last two (2) decades of his cycling career.
(Lance Armstrong’s net worth is $125 million).
Some may say with a smirk, "I told you so".
Others are deeply saddened at this - for his admission, once again, casts gloom over the sport of cycling. [The Tour de France, from its inception in 1903, has had winners, who were confessed dopers].
While no doubt, millions will tune in to the Oprah Winfrey interview where Lance confesses to doping on Thursday...
…There is a very poignant question that needs to be asked...
Can honesty, be too late?
Imagine a husband telling his wife, ten (10) years after the fact, that he had cheated on her...Would it make her pain any less?
Sure, she may have suspected, but what if she had solid proof?...
Wouldn't his admission further derail her trust in him?
Well, this is exactly what has happened to Lance….Him waiting to tell the truth, ten (10) years later, further casts doubt on his credibility and honesty.
...and has now made him a pariah of sports.
Knowing Lance Armstrong’s determination, he will recover.
...but his fans, family and Foundation must be devastated.
It takes great character to be honest, more so to be as honest as soon as possible after the errant event has occurred.
Lance could have saved himself the embarrassment and backlash he’s now receiving - by just being honest, earlier.
The sport of cycling really needed Lance’s confession, sooner.
(Many thanks to inky for the use of his Flickr inset photo, above, of Lance Armstrong).
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4) Article, "Lance Armstrong news: Oprah Winfrey discusses doping confession", Los Angeles Times: Sports Now, January 15,2013