In what I believe to be the first since the drug allegation situation, Lance Armstrong has agreed to what is being called a “no holds-barred” interview with Oprah Winfrey. It’s been said that there will be no restrictions and he is not being paid for the event either.
Up until recently, Armstrong had taken a pretty strong stance on denying the doping allegations, but per an article on Yahoo News that’s citing The New York Times, rumor is that he’s considering acknowledging the drug use during his Tour de France career.
The Lance Armstrong interview will be broadcast Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. EST on OWN and Oprah.com.
This entire Lance Armstrong debacle has been a very disappointing experience for me.
I know that the athletes and movie stars that fans admire are only the public facades of the people that fans put on pedestals. And I don’t mean that in a bad way.
We admire certain aspects of individuals we are exposed to as the celebrities achieve great accomplishments in sports, we see something on the field that makes us go “wow!,” or they portray characters on the small and large screens that we can identify with.
I totally get that.
In NASCAR, I had admired Dale Earnhardt for how he pulled himself up through the sport by his boot straps to get where he got. That’s role model material as far as I’m concerned.
Another slightly lesser known NASCAR driver is Ron Hornaday Jr.. He was a butt-head aggressive driver in that yellow car of his on the track where I used to watch him, at Saugus Speedway. Then one day there was this terrible wreck coming out of the backstretch. Rather than race to the caution flag to keep his position in the field, he stopped and got out to check on and help the hapless driver. That moment showed me more about him than anything else he ever did in a car and I was a fan ever since.
I used to like DMX (Earl Simmons) because of how he carried himself and his music. That is until the animal cruelty charges popped up. And then I saw his track record.
I’m sure there were huge fans of Michael Vick… until his own set of animal cruelty charges.
I like other folks (actors or athletes) that exude a certain mindset that I appreciate. And I used to admire Lance Armstrong’s achievements, and vicariously, I admired the man himself for everything he’s been through.
But there are personalities underneath the public image that we don’t see because as it sometimes turns out, those public images may not be who they really are.
And with enough disappointments, I’ve been more leery of late in who I choose to admire. I’m going to assume that Anthony Hopkins is safe to admire. I tentatively appreciate who Tom Hardy or Joseph Gordon-Levitt might be too. And so forth.
But for me, Lance Armstrong let me down when he stopped fighting the allegations and then to hear more and more information coming out about this incredible process he allegedly developed behind the scenes of the bike racing industry was just too much for me.
Trust, once lost, may not be that easy to get back. And if it is redeemed, it’s never quite the same again.
But that’s my take on the matter.