It was either done to satisfy his never-dying desire to compete or to clear his conscience.
Those were the two reasons I could think of as to why Lance Armstrong would finally come clean about being dirty. He didn’t have an answer when asked by Oprah, “Why now?”
“That’s the best question, that’s the most logical question,” he said. “I don’t know that I have a great answer. I will start my answer by saying this is too late. It’s too late for probably most people and that’s my fault.”
Why now? Why at all?
After watching that 150-minute conversation last week, it was pretty clear that the latter reason was not a possibility. Armstrong was only remorseful when talking about the damage he had done to his family with all of his vehement lies. Other than that, it appeared that Armstrong’s long history of wrongs didn’t bother him all that much, and he stubbornly justified some of them. He wasn’t there to clean the slate, because he still lied and denied while saying he would do nothing but tell the truth. There is no conscience to be cleaned when you are a sociopath.
Last Monday, Oprah said she thought Armstrong was contrite. When? More often, Lance looked like the cool kid in the back of the detention room, knowing that he had been caught and pretty much not giving much of a damn, sometimes flashing a grin at what he had been able to “accomplish.” Simply, he was a jerk.
After viewing his very convincing 2005 performance under deposition, Armstrong said to Oprah, “I look at that and I go, ‘Look at this arrogant prick.’ I say that today.”
Everyone said that Thursday and Friday night.
Will Privette’s 15 minutes of fame ended earlier this week, but for 15 minutes to span a few days and earn a handful of interviews with national media outlets, that’s pretty good length. Privette became known after he joined many from the North Carolina State student body in rushing the court after Saturday’s win over top-ranked and undefeated Duke.
Of course, this wouldn’t have been a story except for the fact that Privette uses a wheelchair and could be seen on TV as one of the first people bolting to the center of the floor, with the help of the student body president pushing his chair. Immediately, Dick Vitale expressed concern over Privette’s well-being, hoping he doesn’t get hurt in the crowd.
The next day, Michael Wilbon called it a “terrible” and “awful” moment. “This is inches from being a tragedy,” he said on Monday’s edition of Pardon the Interruption. “You don’t, in a chair, … roll out there in a mob scene. My God! Anybody have any common sense any more?”
Yes, Privette could have been seriously hurt. He did fall out of his chair as the waves of students crashing the court engulfed him. He was found by Wolfpack star C.J. Leslie, who held him for a couple of minutes until his chair was retrieved. Indeed, it could have been bad.
With that being said … how freaking cool is this kid??