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    Posted October 17, 2012 by
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    Lance Armstrong speaks out

    Rethinking it.

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     bikesmelly is a long time cycling fan and enthusiast in Ottawa, Canada. He shot this image for visual effect and shared it on his Facebook page after reading the USADA doping report implicating Lance Armstrong. He has never actually worn his bracelet (and didn't actually cut it), but supported it in spirit. 'I was prepared to accept the use of drugs in the sport but was surprised about the depth of viciousness of attacks upon his detractors and former friends,' he said.

    'It seemed that only a few years after his early comeback, he reverted into the same crass and cocky fella he was known to be pre-cancer. He lost any humility and never seemed contrite or thankful to be alive anymore,' he said. 'It appeared he started using LIVESTRONG as a brand to elevate himself and as a shield to cover or dodge criticism of his unsportsmanlike behavior.'

    'It would be best if [the organization] could change names, but I am afraid that could cause it to become obscure. To keep the name, the same profile, and the same goodwill, I think Lance has to make some serious changes, and they can't be founded in more lies. Apologize, own it, make restitution to the people he crushed. I don't think he will, but I'd love to be surprised.'
    - Jamescia, CNN iReport producer

    CNN asked for our bracelet pictures. I think this image speaks for itself, but it's been widely misunderstood. I'll try to spell it out.

    To me, the bracelet represents the best thing Lance did. Thank you for inspiring and helping cancer sufferers. Please find a way to honorably continue.

    The scissors are not accidentally covering the "V" to form a new word.
    But more importantly, they represent the damage he has done, and continues to do, to the best thing he ever did. He's alleged to have treated many people very very poorly, and even tried to destroy people in getting to his place of adoration. He is alleged to have lied repeatedly to everyone.
    I think that continuing to do so will ultimately cut down (scissors, get it?) that last remaining thing for which he deserves praise.

    Apologies, ownership, and restitution to those who were hurt are all badly needed.

    I think he could have been a hero with a simple comeback to cycling post cancer, win or lose. It appears he had to build more, and had to build it bigger and bigger upon a pile of dishonesty, cheating, nastiness, and litigiousness. It's now uncovered that it has all been built to its present size on a foundation of dishonorable actions and events.
    I think Shakespeare could barely have conceived this kind of tragic story.
    I am sorry for LiveStrong and the people who benefit from its services, that in all of this, they will pay the price.

    I hope Lance follows a path toward setting it right, including restitution to everyone he crossed along the way, and ensure that Livestrong continues but on better, more honorable foundations.

    Otherwise, the ones who suffer from all this, well, they are already suffering, aren't they?
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