For some, he is personification of the phrase ‘a fallen idol’. Lance Armstrong, who recently confessed to using performance enhancing drugs throughout his career, was an inspiration to many in the past. The people who used to love him, cheer him for his Tour de France victories, feel betrayed.
The interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired last week has sparked a series of reactions from people all over the world. Many people think that Armstrong’s confession was unapologetic and he has only done this in order to get back into the sport.
The following people on Twitter appear to be quite unhappy with the disgraced cyclist’s attitude:
Final thought on Lance Armstrong's confession: self-serving and narcissist. Waste of the viewers' time. He's still lying. #Doping— Dale Robertson (@sportywineguy) January 21, 2013
why are so many up in arms abt #lance confession? No shit he isn't sorry, he won 7 tours doing it.— Brandon Gentile (@brandon_gentile) January 18, 2013
Won't be tuning into Lance Armstrong's PR-driven confession Thursday. Time to stop giving him attention.— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) January 16, 2013
Lance Armstrong has motivated me to admit things everyone already knows, too.I'm unrealistically good looking and fantastically hilarious.— Ron Mexico (@Coastiefish) January 15, 2013
The most severe reaction to Armstrong’s interview was probably given by Betsy Andreu, his former teammate’s wife. In her interview to a news channel, Andreu says that she wishes to believe that ‘Lance wants to come clean but she can’t’
One more person who was associated with the former champion cyclist, Emma O’Reilly, tells in an interview that she could not accept the athlete’s apology.
While most of the reactions to the confession have been negative, there are some who think that the step was not ‘all negative’ and has a good side to it. According to these people, the efforts made for Livestrong, the athlete’s cancer foundation, must not be forgotten.
@lancearmstrong Good luck tomorrow. Doping or not, you have a lot of good. Can't take that away.— Jeremy Ellis (@JeremyAEllis) January 13, 2013
One even called him ‘Robin Hood on a bike’, suggesting that what he did was wrong but his monetary contribution to cancer research was indeed noble.
Lance Armstrong cheated to win a sport full of cheaters, and raised millions for a good cause...he's like Robin Hood on a bike— Tristan Thomas (@ItzTrizz617) January 14, 2013