I’ve been getting some emails of later regarding one Paul Kimmage. For the record, I happen to agree with just about everything the man said. Back in September and last week at the Tour of California. Armstrong is over. It’s time for something new.
I got this email the other day:
Subject: Public Beatdown
This is a ski forum with a bike forum in it. Read the post about the reporter (Kimmage) and what he says about Armstrong. Then click on the video and listen to Armstrong’s reply.
A public beatdown…
Let me explain something. This is not about cancer. This is about a man who used PEDs to win bicycle races. All this talk about cancer is ridiculous. Kimmage’s comments were out of line. Clumsy at best. At best. And that’s being generous. Very generous. He shouldn’t have said it. It played badly. It opens the response that an attack on Armstrong is an attack on everyone who had had cancer, everyone who has cancer now, and everyone who is ever going to get cancer. And that is not a battle one can win.
But, this is not about cancer. This is about drug use in professional cycling.
From: big jonny
The problem is this: If a kid with cancer puts a poster of Lance Armstrong on the wall and gets inspiration from it, what happens when the kid finds out Armstrong used PED’s to win? If what you say is true, that all cyclists use drugs, then you have only shown this to be the worship of a false idol. That is the bottom line.
If the French hate him, and I’m not entirely sure that they do, it is because the French watch their cyclists and it is harder for them to cheat. As such, they do not win. Those that cheat win races. The French cyclists are not weak. The French cyclists are not cowards. The French cyclists are clean. That is the bottom line.
Bonds home run record will always have an asterisk next to it. And so will Armstrong’s seven Tour wins. That is the bottom line.
You may not like what Kimmage said re: cancer in the sport (and I will not try to defend his comments), but know this – he will be remembered as one of those that spoke out. Same with Lemond. Same with Walsh. You can vilify them, call them jealous, question their motivation, and question their character. But it is all a diversion, an ad hominem attack of the messenger and not the substance of his message.
You will look back on this someday. What will your bottom line be then?
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