Bissinger: I Believed Armstrong Was a Hero
Author Buzz Bissinger on the confession of the famed cyclist.
- Duration 10:00
- Date Jan 18, 2013
Author Buzz Bissinger on the confession of the famed cyclist.
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Sorry you're good tell on me here -- my friend.
The one -- -- year old woman the most amount patient -- while most distinguished writers in the world.
As staking out positions.
Because you're terrified.
Of the competition from his mouth -- on the Internet.
Well I think it's honestly I think it's telling him that affect all -- I've always taken -- positions look I've always think there are positioned but I'll be honest I mean I think subconsciously.
In order to get noticed today you know you you you tend to be more extreme than probably you should be you you -- things to a degree that probably should not and what you read it is the dead honest truth -- -- -- cover story about -- felt strong.
Last targets right after he had basically been suspended -- -- that tort reform victory stripped.
I further believe that there -- -- the authority would be hero could everyone and cycling dope.
But -- which they do.
I suspend his disbelief for a -- the term is in a lot.
That other good reporters could come in terms of what achieved and scoundrel he was.
A took a look good faith and I -- It was really dereliction of duty I don't know what to say.
Like Newsweek but and they had you know got some reaction but that there's just no excuse like did believe in him but -- woman.
Allegations came around in October -- -- and everything else.
I do that I simply been wrong.
I don't wideners development zones yet or process -- -- -- -- bright articulate -- stars let me ask you can't.
Possibly be telling -- That you're taking these positions partly.
A -- code to stake out -- to -- to have to differentiate yourself.
From all of these -- resolved there and and they are positions that you may not best seller actually blame.
Now this particular did actually just go up because -- -- -- I I think that in the com that you read it was in the -- basically what life.
That I thought Lance Armstrong was a hero.
Even after the US you saw out of the united Anti Doping Agency -- -- -- victory.
I did believe that because like doing it so right with blood doping every little was doing it so it didn't really.
Bother me I thought it would be hero in this sense of the foundation that he started like strong system quick word for millions of millions of of the cancer survivors and you know -- you know what -- good foundation is from from a bad one.
-- general and I don't assault I -- -- stronger look Charlotte.
When -- couples lot of great -- -- we don't have candidate in Nevada we're -- has.
But you know what it if I was wrong about that I was wrong although what I read could have actually had done all that work -- output but look he would he would overcome cancer.
And you know he would prefer a profound hero to many people including much -- -- he -- You know -- something that was fantastic athletically so with the matter this simply saying.
-- I think they'll like this because they then give the cover of Newsweek again of the primetime Don Imus show.
I believed it but there was there was a lot out there that people have been writing for years that the sky with a with a blood Cooper and and a cheater.
Analysts -- -- my position until October when actual report was released and it wasn't just blood doping I can handle that.
It was that he -- teammates.
-- they directed that from the -- cheating to avoid -- detection that would like any.
In the in the world cycling perhaps any unlike in the world.
Of sports and that I watched don't let my command has no blood I know we try to be contrite and maybe he is.
But there's no emotion there and he's the bully.
And he's -- I don't care about -- big organizations like the relevant content -- survive but he went after.
Little people like and a former employee moral Reilly.
The wife of former.
That the Andrew he sued them he tried to destroy their lives and this is what the man.
What the battle and I just didn't do.
You know my -- -- -- -- what's -- you know due diligence.
And I think.
To write a book or.
Around which actually thought probably about ball by ball if at the time to settle on them and turtle for pleasure filibustered -- never -- If you.
-- nudity but if you if you knew that he was -- an argument.
You -- those costs about you know everybody was -- And why didn't your life that you know it was -- at another dimension Debbie doesn't reported that -- that would have been better.
The right industry that you thought it was -- -- -- -- -- like Detroit -- openly in the in the original story in -- -- said -- -- Consumption would have to be that he was still going and if you -- -- so what.
I'm what did you still believe them for -- cover -- -- Well what I believed that he would Philly hero that that he was the kind of gamble that returned that could be in fact because -- the new locations that came out war.
You know if you were seen eight and basically it directly or indirectly pure -- -- unless the -- of the US Postal Service team.
If you didn't go computer -- certain drugs you going to kick off the peak.
-- -- you would complete you know collusion I was affected by the fact that as -- millions you know he passed 500 drug -- source said the myself.
Well it's gotta be reasoned that he -- patented drug test -- -- clean all the reasons.
That he -- the drug that -- he's figured out at a very sophisticated system.
With doctors with -- professional to avoid.
Protection these when allegation.
Actually -- Republican hundred from the -- document.
It was clear that this won't -- be.
-- way beyond blood doping because it is -- for export and went to the heart and morality of the man who really was malicious.
And evil and and and cool.
A part of all of those videos and I've been around.
Have -- -- interview -- and -- them have been a number of sports.
All of us some reporters are -- That your guys -- enamored of these athletes and meticulously.
And in noticed.
And it hearing your even admitted that Citi traded junior charges some that sort of then but that does then you almost become.
Don't like -- dipped.
Well I don't.
Villains ever to that the the -- think.
-- -- to visualize that my mind but you know what -- -- but what you're wrong done I would say you're wrong you're right then and Lance knew that he played me any claim in the right way and we're all susceptible to it you and that wasn't the only one.
They pay you I they throw you a little phone and you become enamored picked up.
Wow weapons to its tweeting me I'm over bragging about -- and you're exactly right.
That's as it.
And you're -- -- -- the usual thank -- I was talking to somebody about your last night on us and how much -- lecture.
And how much that margin -- and on the guy insults crude oil and tormented and secure -- but he's he's he's he's absolutely brilliant.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Separate attacks I don't mobbed up by the way to my wife Jolie backed.
Mountain -- drag my wife and -- -- -- -- -- -- slightly.
But I remember our conversation it.
UN she have -- Attraction reported and that don't vote award winning an article which involve me.
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I don't even harder and are subject came up as a matter fact but all -- -- -- -- please -- -- -- You're just you know what you're exactly right it's bigger argument Sunday John Kerry overlap shocked -- -- that we had to have really supported about pat pat pat I.
But -- that's right I'm trying to forget why came up but she told that you.
She couldn't do that that that guy is so dirty you must keep you must be taken drugs if you think there's anything.
And you know what -- -- I believe in taking -- -- position and to remind you win sometimes you lose enough people would say well.
Everything you read about -- the -- they must not believe that well you know -- everything they were director Paterno be true and Penn State.
But that's the risk that you take but -- I never -- about what I feel and I think you're exactly right.
Armstrong did committee did them Rick Reilly the great writer for -- in Sports Illustrated.
He was very good -- -- got he certainly it up an email apologizing this week.
He did the same thing would -- You know Rick Reilly you know like screwed up like that yeah and the you know he's trying -- sort of you know -- -- controller put them back doesn't doesn't give them.
I asked Mike Bloomberg and other wonderful writer years ago.
I said -- has launched logged over -- laughed.
Just to an average options -- but I don't know the grand scheme of everything what -- his name aren't are now.
And then I think it's a it's a -- -- story.
I'm glad the unit you've done because now we don't have to care about them anymore I mean his his achievements.
You know are meaningless I don't citizens in the smartest way you know as a hostage crisis and Algeria we would -- a quick look congress.
We can we get a lot more things to worry about in our lives.
American around the world that we do that Lance Armstrong and I sort of almost -- the fact that we're still talking about them.
Britain and I don't know -- that -- didn't ask management advised that you -- You gotta stop Clinton herself has also acquaintance who imagines a question of whose.
Richard -- business that's back.
Just let me get along -- I'm -- I called alliances -- but.
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