Lance Armstrong Once Questioned Why Alex Rodriguez Got Away Clean in Court of Public Opinion and the Infamous Cyclist Did Not

Published 11/27/2022, 6:00 AM EST
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Lance Armstrong was arguably the most influential cyclist in the history of America. After winning his first Tour De France in 1999, Lance came into the limelight. However, Armstrong kept winning the world’s toughest cycling race until 2005. In seven years, Armstrong inspired millions of Americans to chase their dreams of professional cycling.

However, Armstrong would have a fall from grace, which shook the entire sporting world. In 2013, after a USADA report, Lance publicly admitted to using banned substances to improve performance. However, when the MLB allowed Alex Rodriguez to play again after banning him for doping, it didn’t sit well with Armstrong. 

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Lance Armstrong questioned why Alex Rodriguez got a pass

In 2018, Lance Armstrong appeared on the Freakonomics podcast. Armstrong’s conversation with the host for nearly an hour and discussed his career in detail. The host talked about the “Post-career resurgence and public embrace of Alex Rodriguez,” and asked Armstrong how he felt about it. The host also asked if Armstrong felt there was a difference between him and Alex.

RODEZ, FRANCE – JULY 16: Lance Armstrong riding with Cure Leukaemia charity riders during stage thirteen of the One Day Ahead – Le Tour 2015 on July 16, 2015 in Rodez, France. (Photo by Sam Bagnall/Getty Images)

Armstrong said couldn’t figure out why Alex got a pass while his ban remained. “I just want to know why. Like what, what is the difference?” said Armstrong. He also said after he got to know, “he went crazy,” thing about it. Lance said he thought, “Okay, I’m going to ask five of the smartest people I know what they think the difference is between Alex Rodriguez and myself.”

The cycling legend said he thought about how Alex got away clean in the court of public opinion. While an outstanding athlete, Alex didn’t stand for anything other than baseball, said Lance. However, a cancer survivor, Armstrong, stood for a noble cause.

Lance also said Alex may have benefited from being part of a team sport. However, cycling is an individual sport where the individual is always under focus. One athlete, even on PEDs, has a low chance of beating an entire team.

Surviving cancer and ‘Livestrong’

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In 1997, Lance established a non-profit organization in Texas. The Lance Armstrong Foundation pledged to support cancer survivors, develop community programs and raise overall awareness for cancer. In 2003, lance renamed the foundation Livestrong. However, their goals remained the same.

Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador in 2009 Tour De France

After the 2012 USADA report, Armstrong left the foundation. He resigned as chair and from the board of directors. Since then, the foundation has worked independently.

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Watch this story – “A Sad Day for All Athletes”: Tennis Megastar Serena Williams Was Especially Saddened by Lance Armstrong’s Permeating Confession in 2013

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Sagnik Bagchi

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Sagnik Bagchi is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. He has completed his Bachelor's and Master's in English Literature from the University of Calcutta. He has experience working as a freelance MMA writer for Sportskeeda.

Edited By: Pritam Priyedarshi

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