That Lance Armstrong, he is one divisive guy. Ever since he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last month after dealing with doping allegations, he kept relatively quiet. But now he's making headlines again, first by Tweeting out this photo, then by cutting all formal ties with Livestrong, the charity he founded.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency had made Armstrong give up his cycling titles and banned him from the sport for the rest of his life. He hasn't said anything publicly about USADA's decision -- but proceeded to post that photo of him lying on the couch with his seven yellow Tour de France jerseys on his wall over the weekend.
I thought Tweeting that photo was a tad sour grapes and rather cocky, but the news about him resigning from his charity is sad stuff. You can say what you want about the guy, but what he did for cancer research and awareness is something no board can take away from his legacy.
To clear up Armstrong's decision, a few statements have been issued about him resigning from the Livestrong board. "Lance Armstrong has chosen to voluntarily resign from the Board of Directors of the Livestrong Foundation to spare the organization any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding his cycling career," said Jeff Garvey, who became Livestrong's new chairman last month. "We are deeply grateful to Lance for creating a cause that has served millions of cancer survivors and their families."
Garvey said that Livestrong has raised close to $500 million to help cancer survivors, and that Lance himself has donated $7 million to the cause.
No one can deny that Livestrong is a great organization that has done so much for people with cancer. But now that Armstrong's wins and image are tainted by these doping allegations, it seems he felt it was best to completely cut ties with the charity he founded. Seemed like the honorable thing to do.
But with the mixed reactions from Twitter after he posted that photo, his motives are now being questioned (is he still doing stunts like this to stay relevant and in the news?). In my opinion, he should have kept quiet and humble during this fallout, it's only been a month since his titles were taken away -- but it's Lance, and it just seemed like he simply couldn't resist. And that's why the dude's so damn divisive!
Here's some more on his controversial Tweet:
What do you think of Lance resigning from the Livestrong board? Do you think the photo he posted with his seven jerseys was too much?
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