Despite the fact that Lance Armstrong’s recent decision not to fight the continued charges leveled against him by the US Anti-Doping Agency shocked observers around the world, millions remain in his corner. Be they die-hard fans who see no clear evidence of cheating, admirers who argue that his status as a cancer survivor and charity icon supersedes any ethical lapses, or longtime sponsors like Nike who have always seen him as a somewhat controversial spokesman, quite a few individuals spent the last week arguing that Lance Armstrong is a good guy no matter what.
Well, they’re not going to like this latest news. Mike Anderson, who served as Lance’s personal assistant and technician for two years while he dominated the sport of cycling, just published an extensive “My Life with Lance Armstrong” article in Outside Online magazine—and he’s not doing the champ any favors.
Anderson’s main point: Yes, Lance probably cheated. But, more importantly, he’s always been kind of a jerk. He didn’t just aggressively deny doping charges throughout his career, he repeatedly shot the messengers. These people weren’t just mistaken; according to Armstrong, they were “troll[s]” filled with “bitterness, jealousy and hatred.” Hmm…doesn’t respond well to criticism? Do go on…
Armstrong supposedly fired Anderson with “no clear reason” in 2004, so readers may take the author’s stories with a grain of salt in light of his understandable bitterness. But Anderson believes that Armstrong’s recent string of bad luck is about to get worse thanks to an upcoming book called “The Secret Race” that purports to tell the true story of widespread doping among members of the USPS team that dominated the world’s dirtiest sport–the team led by Lance Armstrong.
It’s an extensive article filled with personal anecdotes that we won’t recount here, but they paint the cyclist–and the author himself–in an unflattering light, to say the least. It’s worth a read, no matter where your sympathies lie.
Let’s put it this way: We have to agree with Anderson in believing that Lance’s luck isn’t going to improve any time soon. What do you think?