Lance Armstrong was once viewed as a hero.
But now we know he was a cheating liar … and still is.
Armstrong should have been smart enough to watch his peers — as in other cheating liars — go through their own scandals and realize there’s a right and wrong way to handle your transgressions.
Barry Bonds, Pete Rose and Roger Clemens, each in his own way has demonstrated perfectly how not to handle crisis situations brought on by errors in judgment (polite way of saying they made stupid mistakes).
Armstrong could have handled his better than all three. As soon as the allegations came out, he could have admitted he cheated, pleading for sympathy because apparently almost every other cyclist was cheating too (and maybe past tense is the wrong tense to use here).
He could have admitted it was wrong and that he knew it, but the only way he could compete with the rest of the field was to “partake” in the same enhancements they did. He could have offered to surrender his seven Tour de France titles and every yellow jersey won during them. In fact, better yet, he could have insisted on doing so.