Oprah Winfrey believes Lance Armstrong can be a hero again.
Wait a minute. I don’t know when he ever was a hero in the first place.
He is a cancer survivor. He is (or at least was) an inspiration to many.
Armstrong’s misdeeds also dwarf those of all other dopers on the contemptability scale.
No other sports cheater that I know of trampled on so many people while living a lie. The sorry combination of frosty ruthlessness and calculation that characterized Armstrong’s doping-tainted ride to the top all those years is unmatched, at least in any other account I’ve heard of or read.
Sure, depending on the road he chooses to take, Armstrong can become a new and better Lance Armstrong. He’s not beyond forgiveness. I don’t think he’s even beyond redemption.
That doesn’t help the scores of people Armstrong trashed while he was amassing millions.
Yeah, I gave Armstrong the benefit of the doubt for a long time. It was extremely unintelligent of me to do so (Nothing’s suspicious when someone wins something as grueling as the Tour de France seven times? Really?)
Nonteheless, the term “hero,” should be reserved for a very select group of people.
Lance Armstrong was no hero. However honorable he may behave in the future, I doubt the legion of people he left in the rubble in his wake will ever regard him as one.
Nor will I. A man who fell from grace and did the hard work to change, yes. A hero, no.