Disagree strongly. You do not get only the good but none of the bad. When you trade on your image the way he did, you make yourself accountable. He accepted millions and millions of dollars in sponsorship money based on the image he cultivated and promoted to the public. He reveled in the attention, the benefits of his fame. And he lied over and over and overRe: Lance Armstrong
I just don't get the general public's need for contrition.
Local newsguy asked the question, will you forgive Lance Armstrong?
And my answer is the same as when he asked it about Tiger Woods.
Lance Armstrong does not owe ME an aplogy. He has not done anything to ME. I have not been wronged by Lance Armstrong in any way. He juiced and won a bunch of races. How terrible. Did that affect me in any way? No. It affected the other participants. It affected the organizations who put on those events. I don't need my pound of flesh. I just don't buy into this idea that if you are in the public eye, that you owe anything to the public. You owe the people in your life who you directly affect by your actions.
He does not owe any particular member of the public an apology, but he owes the public as a whole an apology, especially since he is asking the public for forgiveness so he can try to reclaim some of what he's lost.