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So I just got done watching the second part of Oprah’s interview with Lance Armstrong. The first thought that came to mind at the credits was bullshit! During part 1 of the interview Oprah asked a lot of the questions that we wanted answered and got straight yes or no answers. The second part of this interview that aired tonight was basically about how bad he felt and how he lost his sponsors and addressed doping with his children. For the most part we could have just gotten by with part 1 of the interview and all moved on.
During the interview Lance said sorry multiple times about his lies and manipulations through-out the last 13 years. Really? Can someone truly be sorry for something that they did for 13 years? Did you know that if someone types in sorry on Google that there are over 31 millions results? To me, sorry seems to be a word that is so misused that I feel it has lost its true meaning altogether. According to Merriam-Webster the definition of sorry is “feeling sorrow, regret, or penitence”. Does he really feel any of these emotions or is it simply a matter of getting caught with your hand in the cookie jar? For Armstrong it seems to be another case where a celebrity owns up to misconduct only after being caught. Some others who felt “sorry” more recently after getting caught? Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, and my local professional catcher Carlos Ruiz. All these stars said they were “sorry” for transgressions, taking banned substances, and cheating only after they were caught. I just don’t see how someone can be “sorry” for something that lasts so long. To me sorry is if you bump someone in the grocery store because you didn’t see them. Sorry, is forgetting to get milk after your wife asked you. For me you could even say sorry for throwing something at someone because you had a harsh impulsive reaction to something they did. Sorry, should not be used for cheating repeatedly, especially over months and years. When Lance was making his decisions, or any of those other guys i listed, they knew exactly what they were doing. These guys didn’t care that it would harm or hurt their friends, families, or colleagues and their morals were definitely put aside so they could live a more selfish and self-fulfilling life. If someone is going to say sorry it should be used when you feel true regret for something you just did. Sorry should never take more than a moment to feel or say.
By the end of the interview I was left feeling bad. Not for Armstrong, but for the millions of his fans he deceived over all these years. Just think of the millions of cancer patients that looked up to him. Think about the little children that saw him for all those years riding a bike and winning awards and thought they could do that too. And think of his children. For the rest of their lives they are going to be faced with defending their father for all he has done. That’s who I feel bad for.
If anyone of any importance ever comes by this post I ask you to just own up to your mistakes. If you go on television don’t go on and start saying how sorry you are and that you didn’t mean to do this or that. What’s done is done and more than likely you gave lots of thought to what you did. Instead, deal with it head on. Admit to your wrong doings, talk about what you are going to do moving forward, and most importantly let your actions speak for you. Then and maybe then people will start to forgive although they are never going to forget.