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McKinstry: Lance Armstrong cheated and deserves to pay the price

Lance Armstrong speaks to the media. (May 14,

Lance Armstrong speaks to the media. (May 14, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

Lance Armstrong will have his moment with Oprah. He will come clean.


For all the talk of doping, steroids and living strong, we get to see Armstrong in a made-for-TV moment where he presumably bears his soul, gets teary eyed and lets his healing begin.

Thank goodness. So many people believed he was a dope for cheating and an even bigger dope for denying it for so long. You can watch all two and a half hours of Oprah Winfrey’s interview in two parts, Thursday and Friday nights. Or you can turn the channel.

It’s been a long road for the cyclist –- arguably one of the best athletes in the world -– after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency accused him of being a ringleader in an international drug scheme. He had long denied the allegation and dared accusers to prove it.

During all this, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and more recently stepped down from his Livestrong Foundation. He also lost all sorts of lucrative endorsement deals.

This week, Armstrong will reportedly admit that he used performance enhancing drugs like so many other athletes lured by the riches and benefits of our celebrity-driven culture.

For some people, his admission is shocking and an unwelcome fall from grace, while for others, it’s just ho-hum. But there’s no spinning this another way: He cheated and rightly is paying the price.