Lance Armstrong is a sports icon, a cancer survivor and an inspiration to many.
Nothing would be sadder than to find out that he did in fact cheat his way to his seven Tour de France wins.
Mike Anderson, the ex-assistant, said:
"I was Lance’s personal assistant for two years, during the height of his racing career. Do I think he cheated? Yep. But my real problem is something that diehard fans seem unable to grasp: the vengeful tactics he uses against people who tell the truth about him, on and off the bike."
He goes on to talk about how Lance would destroy anyone who questioned his reputation, like a former teammate and his wife who swore under oath during a deposition that they:
"[…] heard Armstrong tell doctors in an Indianapolis hospital room that he’d used EPO, human growth hormone, cortisone, steroids, and testosterone."
Anderson wrote a very long article about how he originally was a friend to Armstrong, who verbally agreed to be his assistant in exchange for Armstrong helping him start his dream business of opening up a bicycle shop.
Well, according to him, since that didn't happen, he was eventually fired for no reason.
The bike shop never came to be and he had to sell his home and move to New Zealand to get as far from Lance as possible.
It's a sad story about how little we can know a celeb, regardless of how often they're in front of the camera. Then again, there's only so much we can believe these days.
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