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."
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.
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.
Grease: read the report!
And of course you know all this with HARD evidence? Of course not little sheep!
Agree with Loke. It's in the report. There is no doubt.
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.
Real heros don't lie, cheat, or bully.
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.
@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.
The need to rename Livestrong Stadium, too. Get the stink of Armstrong off!
He cheated, he deserves to be shamed and prosecuted.
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.
Look in the mirror people before you judge. Buncha holier than thou you know whats....
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...
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.
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...
Absolutely not unnecessary! He should be tarred and feathered in yellow!
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?
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.
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)?
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...
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.
Get on your bike and pedal away, cycling is boring who cares.
I would cheat if for a good cause. Jus sayin
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