So, I was one of those people who never really paid much attention to Lance Armstrong, even when he was all sorts of newsworthy and talked about and all the rage. I never watched the Tour de France races, and even though it sounded like a Really Big Deal that he won it seven times (in a row, even!), I remained uninterested in him, and in fact eventually annoyed by him, because he started dating one-square-of-toilet-paper-using-liberal-fanatic-Sheryl-Crow.
Anyway, I am in the middle of watching the first night of Lance's big interview with Oprah (DVR'd from last night), and you guys, HE IS AN ARROGANT DOUCHECANOE. I mean, yay for him for admitting what a whole bunch of people already knew or at least suspected. It's about freaking time. And to those who are all, "But he's raised so much money for charity! And he's really a good person! And it was a level playing field!" I say, "So freaking what?" The guy SUED EVERYONE WHO DARED to tell the truth about his doping, and was positively cruel to people. He's a horrible person who happened to do one thing right - which was to use Nike to help make a lot of money for cancer research. I'm not saying that's a small thing, but I AM saying that in itself doesn't make him a good person.
Listening to him talk about one of his apology phone calls, to the wife of his teammate, made me want to punch him in the face. He said, "Well yeah - I told her I called her a bitch and a liar and crazy, but hey - I didn't call her fat!" He thought, apparently, that that'd be an appropriately humorous little tale to tell in the midst of his big apology interview. You can see her reaction to that in the video clip below.
Aside from all that, he's just incredibly unlikeable. Did you guys watch? Because I went into the interview thinking that perhaps he'd endear himself to me somehow, with signs of genuine regret and remorse. He didn't. Not even a little bit. Perhaps he does really feel bad, but if that's the case, he is terrible at showing it.
I intensely dislike him. And even more so after reading this article, which suggests that he is continuing to lie TO FREAKING OPRAH. And it gives a pretty good reason that he would do so, which is to avoid being faced with criminal charges (statute of limitations and whatnot). I find him to be incredibly unbelievable even in his big giant admission interview, so it wouldn't surprise me at all if that turns out to be true.
He is a lying, arrogant, mean, bullying, selfish jerk.
Your mileage may vary.