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USADA bans Lance Armstrong for life, stripped of tour titles *Merge*

Discussion in 'Sports Zone' started by Risen Star, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    AUSTIN, Texas—U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart says the agency will ban Lance Armstrong from cycling for life and strip him of his seven Tour de France titles for doping.

    Armstrong on Thursday night dropped any further challenges to USADA's allegations that he took performance-enhancing drugs to win cycling's premier event from 1999 to 2005.

    Armstrong says USADA doesn't have the authority to vacate his Tour titles. However, Tygart told The Associated Press that USADA can do it.

    Tygart called the Armstrong case a "heartbreaking" example of a win-at-all costs approach to sports.

    Armstrong, who retired last year, declined to enter arbitration—his last option—because he said he was weary of fighting accusations that have dogged him for years. He has consistently pointed to the hundreds of drug tests that he has passed as proof of his innocence.

    "There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough.' For me, that time is now," Armstrong said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. He called the USADA investigation an "unconstitutional witch hunt."

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  2. jimmy40

    jimmy40 Well-Known Member

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    So he beat all the other cyclists that were also using and that was after he beat cancer. Kudos Lance.
  3. kmp77

    kmp77 Active Member

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    You've never tested positive but we're banning you anyway.
  4. jterrell

    jterrell Penguinite

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    going after lance was a complete waste but he did test positive.

    he got off a couple different times on technicalities.


    i have no issues with lance at all and think he has done a ton of good for the world but he wasn't a clean cyclist.
  5. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Like one of the anonymous European cyclists said... "We all dope... he is just a better cyclist... the French need to let it go... he's just that good"...
  6. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    Wow. They all dope and he beats cancer and them still? Yet they're going to go after him on it huh?

    Oh well. That's how it goes I suppose.
  7. The30YardSlant

    The30YardSlant Benched

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    Meh, they were all juicing. The difference was that Lance did it after cancer and sans-testicle.

    He's still one of the most amazing athletes ever.
  8. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Well this will definitely show Lance Armstrong, won't it.

    Doing away with all those wins 7 years after the fact, that'll teach him for sure.

    Seriously though, it looks the USADA wouldn't have ever been satisfied. Couldn't pin it on him enough at the time so their just gonna take their ball and go home.

    I'm sure Lance can take comfort in all the endorsement money he's made through all of those wins and all the good he's done for cancer research.
  9. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    Yeah I just don't see how this matters.
  10. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    my question is this: If he was indeed juicing, was he doing it in all 7 that he won?
  11. mldardy

    mldardy Well-Known Member

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    Marion Jones didn't test positive either. There are ways to getting around tests but it doesn't mean you are 100% clean.
  12. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    This is and always was a witch hunt. ***hats mongering for media coverage.

    btw, who is the USADA to say they can strip anyone of titles they have no control over? Especially when they have no evidence.
  13. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    This is the USA and they are the USADA who are funded by the US government. In the USA you are innocent until proven guilty. Someone needs to *****-slap these guys. They are stepping way over their bounds.
  14. WPBCowboysFan

    WPBCowboysFan Well-Known Member

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    For most of us Lance will always be the MAN when it comes to cycling and this is just nonsense as he said. Sadly in our world today this is just part of life and we all have to put up with it.
  15. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    I don't really blame him... no double jeopardy in that organization...

    They constantly harassed him and made him defend himself... SEVEN years after the fact... sometimes you just gotta let it go and move on with your life...
  16. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Doesn't mean you are guilty either. I, like the majority of posters thus far, agree that if he did do it, so did everybody else. Nobody was clean and nobody is clean now. Cycling is a joke IMO. The sport is great but the whole governing body and the European influence on it is for crap. JMO

    Also, I believe Jones did test positive, she just didn't test positive for Steroids.
  17. mldardy

    mldardy Well-Known Member

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    I think it's been well established that cycling was dirty by the number of cyclists that have been banned/suspended from the sport. That doesn't excuse Armstrong which is what you are doing.

    I stand corrected that Jones did test positive in 2006 but her B sample was cleared so she was allowed to race but the red flags were there along with the BALCO investigation. My point is she knew how to get around those tests for a long time like a lot of athletes do. Armstrong just did it better.
  18. mldardy

    mldardy Well-Known Member

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    :rolleyes: Sounds like denial
  19. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Ahh, no. Is there evidence that he tested positive? I think that the answer is no to that. If there is no evidence of this, then I am most certainly not excusing him of anything. The results are speaking for themselves. If there is no evidence, it is you who is guilty of convicting him of something there is no proof of.

    Until you have proof, you can not say that he is guilty of anything.
  20. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Has it come to that in this Country? You have no evidence of drugs, as tested by the very bodies that are accusing him, yet those who do not see the logic in convicting this man are simply in denial?

    If there is credible proof, OK. If there is none, then he is not guilty.

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