Today I am pretending this post is about an article from 1922 reporting the scandal of a French racehorse being doped, and going on to win a race by several lengths. “Further revelations are expected.” I think you can guess what inspired this subject can’t you… *rant warning!*
Yes, today is the day we are going to suffer through what will no doubt be constant media coverage of Lance Armstrong’s self-serving tell-all to Oprah.
I think you can guess from that sentence what my opinion is of the situation. I am not a fan, and really, if Lance thought having a cry on Oprah’s shoulder would make it all right with the world I expect that he is in for a rude shock.
Are there any of you out there who think telling a friendly TV show host you are sorry is making proper amends for a crime involving many millions of dollar and world-class lying? No? Didn’t think so.
I have been interested in the endlessly repeating clip we have seen of Oprah since she conducted her interview.
The media has loudly proclaimed that Lance admitted to doping but I have not once heard that from Oprah herself. Maybe I missed it? I am sceptical of Lance actually taking responsibility for everything though. I have a feeling that he skirted around the issue and hinted that it might have gone on but didn’t state in black and white that he was a drug cheat. Oh well, by the time many of you read this it will be out in the public domain and I might be horribly wrong….
If he does admit to doping over the years I wouldn’t recommend any of you get in the way of the hordes of lawyers stampeding to file suits against him. Many of his (as do other professional riders) contracts have an annoying little clause that meant any drug use would mean the end of the contract and the return of his fees. Ouch.
I am mainly annoyed with the fact that Lance seems to only be trying to wipe the slate clean in order to start up some other kind of sporting career. He needs to get everyone off his back about the ignominious end to his cycling career and he thinks Oprah is the key. That isn’t really a heartfelt “I done you wrong” type of apology is it? It seems more of a ”I wish you’d just forget about it already!” apology.
Does he really think anyone will ever be excited to see him perform at a high level again? Any future successes will hardly be taken seriously, will they?
Who would you have liked to see interview Lance, any suggestions? Oprah isn’t really known for her hard-hitting style is she? Lance wouldn’t have even lasted 5 minutes in the red chair with Graham Norton without the lever being pulled, and then at least there would have been more interesting interviewees ready for the rest of the hour.
Hmmm… I know! Get Andrew Denton back! He had a way of knowing things about his guests they didn’t even know themselves. Give Lance Enough Rope and……