People Will Forgive Me, Says Lance Armstrong

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has claimed the time is not far when the public will forgive him for being the biggest drug cheat in the history of the sport, just as they did Bill Clinton for his affair while in office.

Armstrong said Clinton is his hero and a tough guy. He added that the former president is smart and has surrounded himself with good people and he is president of the world a decade later, it can be done. Lance added his aim is to  ‘put a stake in the ground’ before things can improve. Armstrong remarked that he saw the rehabilitation of the former President as a model for his own and he will be back on the top again in a decade. The banned cyclist, with breathtaking arrogance, said Bill Clinton was a ‘hero of mine’ and that he wanted to emulate him and become ‘president of the world’.

The cyclist who was stripped of his seven consecutive Tour de France titles denied being a bully and said he was only ever ‘defiant’ and bragged about having his own ‘constituency’ as if he were already on the campaign trail. The comments of Lance Armstrong reinforce the view of many that the cyclist is unrepentant for doping which helped him stayed on top of the sport for long. The cyclist was banned for life and stripped of his Tour wins, his Olympic bronze medal was taken away, his sponsor deserted him, and Armstrong was forced to step down from the board of his cancer charity Livestrong. Many were horrified that he did not cry and that he did not express any regret during his ‘tell all’ confessional with Oprah Winfrey. His recent interview demonstrates that the 41-year-old cyclist is even more cold and calculating now than he appeared in the past.

The 41-year-old banned cyclist denied he ever bullied anyone, which is a claim that his former teammates would dispute for sure. The cyclist has been sued by former teammate Floyd Landis and he is reportedly being investigated by the FBI for witness tampering, obstruction of justice, and intimidation. His woes multiplied in the recent times with the US government deciding to join a doping lawsuit filed by Landis alleging that the disgraced cyclist defrauded government sponsors by using performance enhancing drugs while on the state-funded US Postal Service team. In a statement, Armstrong attorney Robert Luskin said Lance and his representatives worked constructively over these last weeks with federal lawyers to resolve this case fairly, but those talks failed because we disagree about whether the Postal Service was damaged.

The lawsuit was based on the False Claims Act, which allows citizens to sue for alleged fraud against the government and receive as much as a third of any money recovered and plaintiffs can recover as much as triple the amount of the 1999 to 2004 sponsorship, which was worth an estimated $30 million (£19.7 million). In addition to this lawsuit, Texas insurance firm SCA Promotions lodged a suit against Lance Armstrong seeking $12 million (£7.9 million) for bonus money paid to him for the Tour de France triumphs that are now null and void.

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