When a Hero Falls

This past Friday, The New York Times reported that anonymous sources close to famed and infamous competitive bicyclist, Lance Armstrong, say that Mr. Armstrong is considering admitting to guilt in the doping scandal which has short-circuited his career.

Lance Armstrong: When a Hero Falls.

If this is true, hasn’t Mr. Armstrong already admitted to what his accusers claim: that he used blood transfusions and banned substances to enhance his athletic performance? It seems to us that this is just what he’s done — assuming the reports are true.

In the article, Mr. Armstrong’s lawyer is quoted as saying, “He’s doing O.K. for a guy that has had his livelihood and his life torn from him, but he’s very strong.” But we don’t think that he’s had anything ripped from him. If he did really use performance enhancing substances and procedures as his accusers say, admitting this after over a decade of absolute denial absolves him of nothing at all.






Art-itorial by Barbara Broido. Visit Barbara’s Doodle Blog for more of her art, design work and socio-political commentary.


  1. Great image, Barbara. As a triathlete, I was excited to see him return to the sport following his cycling career. It was great to watch him compete over the years. This is such a disappointment. He is a cheat and a liar; there’s no recovering what he stole from honest competitors over the years.

    • Barbara Broido says

      Thanks Naked Girl! One of the things we did not mention in the article was his status as a cancer survivor. My initial interest in him was partially affected by this fact. Now, I am just disappointed. And of course I start to wonder if the diagnosis was fake too, but I tend to doubt it. All those Wheatie Boxes for naught.