Is Lance Armstrong a fraud?
Report describes elaborate scheme to avoid doping investigators
- Duration 8:08
- Date Oct 12, 2012
Report describes elaborate scheme to avoid doping investigators
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We -- getting new details today from a 200 page report.
Indeed cheating allegations against bike riding legend Lance Armstrong.
The report details how American cyclist.
Armstrong allegedly used sophisticated drugs to enhance his performance and pull the wool over the -- eyes of an adoring public for years.
And he supposedly did not do it alone.
Doping investigators say Armstrong's cheating was known to virtually everyone around him from his then wife.
To his teammates to doctors.
Meaning to the question is this man revered so much by so many and the legacy he has belt.
A huge fraud.
-- -- -- -- A member of our Fox News medical eighteen you know doc I don't follow biking you know and -- really sports in general but I I think everybody knows who Lance Armstrong -- and we.
By his tale of beating testicular cancer -- spread to his brain is given a 50% chance of survival when he turned around to win seven Tour de France titles.
And now we find out according to twelve teammates 26 witnesses and the international blood doping investigators.
That he is a -- a liar.
And a fraud all of which he denies your thoughts.
Well it's it strains the imagination to believe that all of these people you know have a bone to pick with Lance Armstrong an art you know lying to authorities -- great peril to themselves.
-- to pay him back for some you know perceived slight.
So -- let's assume that he has been lying and that he has been using performance enhancing techniques.
Two win these medals.
That means I think psychologically some things and not others it means that he must have pretty low self esteem.
To want to lie and cheat and scam in order to get.
These victories in order to win the adulation of others.
What it doesn't mean is that he's a complete and utter fraud because look not everybody would start -- charity.
Not everybody would start one that ends up netting half a billion dollars.
To help cancer victims and that inspires.
Millions of people to defeat their illnesses so there's some truth.
To Lance Armstrong I feel bad for him a guy capable of doing that for cancer victims felt he had to do this cheating and scamming.
You know -- friend of mine once said god uses every one even the bad parts of people.
Maybe Lance Armstrong's narcissism.
And his low self esteem fueled his victories and also fueled the charity.
I'm not sure we'd throw one out with the other.
This report talks not just about enhancing his blood some athletes do this to be the drug testing.
They actually -- Have their blood change and then have a put back in their -- In his case according these reports but they talk about steroid use I mean you name it it was pretty widespread -- say his wife was helping him.
At the time that he's pressuring all of his teammates to do -- -- And that he was literally like hiding inside the house -- time to avoid the drug testing.
I mean it's an elaborate scheme that went on for years it wasn't like -- onetime use the stuff according to be used.
We'll -- parts.
It is is that from where we are now it is a win at all costs mentality.
Over for somebody like this who faced death and and one.
Well look here's what I would say -- start Lance Armstrong out in psychotherapy.
I'd say listen.
For a guy who wants to be that strong and that invulnerable please tell me.
The times you felt the most vulnerable in your life probably as a child.
Because that -- this your drugging in the rest of it was fueled by these deep seated feelings that you're not a winner.
That your exquisitely vulnerable that you're easily heard tell me about that so you can overcome it that's the distance he still has to travel.
Now I do think it's an open question in the days of batter all and prozac.
And the rest of these drugs that are prescribed.
And which athletes use.
What the differences.
Between some of those and some of these techniques because I think it's all of -- And I'm not sure what should be ruled out and what should be.
Well -- a -- clearly ruled out he -- there's no question do the stuff he was he's a -- -- cheated and they rightfully withdrew those seven Tour de France titles.
If in fact he did all these things as the 26 witnesses including twelve teammates say he dead.
My shoe for you -- in with all due respect his charity working on an and it and it's 470 million dollars that he's managed to.
Donate -- -- against cancer it's huge is one of the top ten charities.
But with all the respect to that.
If it's it is all based to some extent on on cheating and lying and fraud.
You know fraud.
It is it tainted yeah how I mean if you found out Bernie Madoff donated 500 million dollars to charity of his own money not a stolen funds but but you know.
Connected to somebody who's who just a lot paid a lot IE to the American public yes -- long is it tainted.
It is tainted and you know you're really onto something -- -- because the truth always wins truth is very powerful.
So even for those people.
Who and I it's a terrible thing I'm knocking on -- but for those people.
Who's recoveries have hinged on feeling in some way in league with wants Armstrong wearing the yellow -- and saying well I'm a little bit like him I can kind of imagine.
I'm going the distance.
That's not gonna really be the kind of well placebo effect or powerful effect that -- hope it to being now the yellow bracelet now is a joke.
I mean who would Wear that yellow bracelet that guy lied and -- Mom lives strong.
Is that would literally lying right I mean we you know taking a injecting your -- modifying your own blood which they the doctors say is actually potentially dangerous to you.
According to the reports that injecting yourself with -- to to then dilute the blood -- you wouldn't get caught by the authorities but.
Thickening your own blood just so you can win a race injecting yourself with steroids which have all sorts of consequences mean live this strong really.
Anywhere that money went where it did good that's inextricably.
Now in the mix of the treatment of cancer.
But for those folks and there are lots of them who felt allied with Lance Armstrong they are hurt by this it's a very real -- and the only way back for him.
Is to say I got lost you know I was traveling those -- on the -- -- France again and again but that didn't matter.
The race course didn't matter in life I have gotten lost.
And I can help people live the truth now that not live strong but in order lives trying to get a live the truth he can reclaim this.
But it's going to be a country mile and a longer race -- the -- of France.
He could be such an example again if he were to come clean it.
You know I mean I'm -- look we don't know for sure whether he did it up but the evidence I can say is an attorney is pretty overwhelming.
If he were to come clean and say I did it this is why did it -- I now one of the inning I want to tell little boy he's a little girls out there.
That this isn't the way this is it you know he has this and other charity athletes for hope they'd be -- to educate inspire and empower athletes to make a difference.
What an opportunity this crisis.
Poses for him in the.
It is an opportunity.
And I'm sure it's a fear inspiring opportunity for him he must think of that in a couple moments if he did do these terrible things.
And say but wait that would expose all my vulnerabilities not be seen to be.
A fraud well well yes but the truth is right around the corner you just tell us what made you so scared to lose.
From your early life experience that you did this and you're on your way already.
Now have that -- -- let kids come forward and say they were bullied talk about a race of another kind.
He could be a very powerful spokesperson for that kind of movement.
-- -- well thanks so much for being here.
I'm -- and take care listen.
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