Outside magazine reported this evening on the news that Lance Armstrong has announced he will give up the years-long battle he’s been fighting to fight doping charges.
On Thursday night, Lance Armstrong, who officially retired just last year, said that he has grown tired of fighting doping charges leveled against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and that he won’t enter into an arbitration process that he considers improper and unfair. “There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough,’” he said in a statement released to the Associated Press. “For me, that time is now.”
It is assumed that the USADA will now strip him of his titles and ban him for life.
Ultimately, what difference does it make to Armstrong at this point? He’s rich, he’s famous, he’s done massive amounts of charity and helped countless people, and has huge hopes for his future in retirement. Is this a real punishment? Will it actually deter any other pro athletes from doping?
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