Lance Armstrong's rise and fall
November 12th, 2012
11:20 AM ET

Lance Armstrong quits Livestrong entirely

Lance Armstrong has quit the board of his namesake foundation - the latest fallout from allegations of doping that brought about the cycling icon's epic downfall.

He chose to resign from the Lance Armstrong Foundation - known by the name Livestrong - "to spare the organization any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding his cycling career," according to a statement by Jeff Garvey, the foundation's chairman.

"We are deeply grateful to Lance for creating a cause that has served millions of cancer survivors and their families. We are beholden to the Armstrong family for the nearly $7 million in contributions throughout the foundation’s history. Lance Armstrong was instrumental in changing the way the world views people affected by cancer."

Armstrong previously gave up his position as chairman in the wake of the growing scandal, but said he would remain involved.

Although the Tour de France has revoked the seven victories that made him a legend, Armstrong tweeted a photo over the weekend showing himself lounging on a sofa beneath the seven prized yellow jerseys.

He has long insisted he did not cheat, and attacked those who accused him of using illegal substances.  But the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency found "overwhelming" evidence that he was involved in "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program."

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  1. Anne

    No sympathy here. He cheated and he bullied others into cheating. And then lied about it. And then there is the enormous narcissism. I have to believe that there are some decent folks in cycling. Here's hoping that Bradley Wiggins is not a cheater. At least he is a team player and not a self-promoting narcissist.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grease

      You don't know, nor do I, if he cheated. There are numerous people that say he did. There are also numerous tests that say he didn't.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loke

      Grease: read the report!

      November 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • pinkfloyd43

      And of course you know all this with HARD evidence? Of course not little sheep!

      November 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teddyg

      Agree with Loke. It's in the report. There is no doubt.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brycan

      He bullied others? You mean he bullied grown men who were professional athletes? What a croc. They made their own decisions, give it a rest, already.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Naturalist

    Real heros don't lie, cheat, or bully.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Waterguy

    We've become a society of checkers and checkers of checkers. Everyone wants to be the first to get that big story so they can become famous and then we can begin to check them.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grumpster

      @waterguy...we've become fact checkers since we know all too well that those like Romney will not say one thing that's true, nor will Faux News or anyone else in the GOP or Teabag party.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pooflingingmonkey

    The need to rename Livestrong Stadium, too. Get the stink of Armstrong off!

    November 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. He cheated

    He cheated, he deserves to be shamed and prosecuted.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. army61w

    At least he has the dignity and common sense to try not to bring down the foundation in his giant lie. Livestrong has done a lot of good and deserves to continue, even if it became powerful and well-funded on the false pretenses of a cheat.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    Look in the mirror people before you judge. Buncha holier than thou you know whats....

    November 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Robert O

    It is a sad story all the way around....did he dope? Did most Tour athletes dope? Were people jealous of his wins? Is this very political? Does everything seem political in todays world? If any or all of these can be answered yes, then it is a complex web sticking to ones face as one walks thru the information, trying to discern the truth...........but, bottom line is he has to sever ties to all he was connected with in regards to his biking successes......which includes Livestrong...

    November 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rob

    In this day and age of such a dirty sport, who really cares if he doped or not? Whatev.... But you're all missing the point...

    What shows his true character is how he treated those who eventually told the truth and said LA doped. Did he dope? Yes, I read all 200 pages of the report. You cannot arrive at any other conclusion. But what did he to to those who spoke the truth? He castigated them. He called them lairs. He ruined business prospects for them. He bad mouthed them to the press. He made life miserable for those who said the truth because he wanted to hide behind his lies and cheating.

    Sure, be a winner. Cheat and win 7 Tours and raise a zillion dollars for "cancer awareness" and LA vacations around the world. But if someone treats someone you know like that, you should punch them in the face.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Humanity4All

    I hope the investigators are enjoing the extent of damage to the sport, the fans and industry... this is absolutly unnecessary.. specially after such a long time...

    November 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loke

      Absolutely not unnecessary! He should be tarred and feathered in yellow!

      November 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • N. Unya Bbwaqs

      Yes, darn those investigators looking into cheating and lying. It's all THEIR faults. If they had just looked the other way, and let everyone get away with it, then the sport really wouldn't be diminished by this. How dare they care about honesty and sportsmanship?

      November 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kevin

    There should be leagues where doping is a requirement. It would be much more entertaining. Baseball would way more fun to watch, that's for sure.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. runnerwifemom

    An aspect that has been largely overlooked in the media is that the teams' leadership were also in on the whole thing. The doping was systemic. What are the consequences for those under whose leadership it happened (and was overlooked)?

    November 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. me

    It's a sad statement that people would turn their back on the Livestrong Foundation because Lance MAY have cheated, even if it was proven without a doubt... should that affect you from supporting a foundation that has done so much to fight cancer? Seem such a superficial reason for turning your back on something that had NOTHING to do with whether Lance doped or not...

    November 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • liveclean

      That's a truly naive point of view. When you build a business or charitable organization around your own notoriety, you become the brand, and as you go, so goes the organization.

      November 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. garypaul54

    Get on your bike and pedal away, cycling is boring who cares.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gabe

    I would cheat if for a good cause. Jus sayin

    November 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
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