POSTING BY JB MADDAWG
One really has to appreciate the raw, unbridled power that a government bureaucracy such as the United States Anti-Doping Agency has acquired. Without a shred of actual evidence, countless negative test results and God like powers, USADA CEO Travis Tygart finally got his political wet dream come true. Stripping Lance Armstrong of no less than seven Tour de France titles, and banning Armstrong from competition for life. Tygart, a greaseball attorney from North Carolina has sat on his majestic throne of power at the USADA since 2007, previously was an “athlete”, and an associate for a sports law practice, which quite obviously makes him more than qualified to smite entire careers. Tygart’s official word on the matter:
“Any time we have overwhelming proof of doping, our mandate is to initiate the case through the process and see it to conclusion as was done in this case.”
Most of the cycling world is still waiting to hear what the “overwhelming proof of doping” the CEO referred to actually is. Apparently, Tygart didn’t feel that was necessary information, because you know, who needs to be bogged down with little issues like proof when you can murder someone in the court of public opinion?
Late thursday, Armstrong published a statement , which basically sums up that he has no interest in going any further with the charade perpetuated by the witch hunters at the USADA. After years of submitting to blood and urine tests, the USADA constantly moves the bar back so Armstrong is still “in question”. Since no physical evidence exists to condemn Armstrong, the USADA has relied on “several anonymous witnesses” for probable cause to pretty much harass Armstrong. Now that the cyclist won’t play the game the USADA requires, they have struck down with Heavenly force and wiped away everything that Armstrong achieved. Really, the only thing he can do is have his attorney appeal, which let’s face it, no court is going to dare to splinter the might of the USADA. I’d love him to fight on, but I see Armstrong’s reasoning that it would probably cost him his entire fortune.
The real kicker here is the fact that the International Cycling Union chimed in, and requires a full, detailed explanation on just why Armstrong should be stripped of his titles. An explanation they may never get given Tygart’s personal mission to destroy Armstrong. And of course, most of France will be in full agreement because they simple can’t stand the fact that an American dominated their nation’s event for so long.
The fact remains, that without a shred of evidence, Armstrong is probably the greatest cyclist to peddle his way into history. His Livestrong Foundation has compiled no less than $500 million dollars and has done more for men’s cancer awareness than any other person, or group on the planet in history.
Of course, this matters not to the brain cases on Twitter, that have deemed Armstrong a “cheat” and for some sick reason, tried to organize a campaign to get the famous yellow bracelets pulled, because obviously, cancer isn’t a problem. For them. My advice to those repugnant dickheads is to admit you know nothing, and get the fuck out of the way while we grown ups try to figure out solutions to real problems while you search for the latest internet meme. Assholes.
No matter what the final word of yet another bullshit government agency is, most rational folks understand that Lance Armstrong is just another case of a person being squashed by a political agenda. And if the agenda can squash him, it most certainly can squash you.