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USADA vs. Lance Armstrong: Who Does This Even Benefit?

HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 07:  Seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong speaks at the launch of a Nike and the Lance Armstrong Foundation's Global Art Exhibition at Montalban Theater, March 7, 2009 in Hollywood, California. The Exhibition was aimed at raising funds and awareness in the fight against Cancer.  (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)
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Matt SheehanAnalyst IJune 14, 2012

Well guys, it’s happened. Lance Armstrong will officially be tried in court, according to ABC News, on the allegation that he did use performance-enhancing drugs during his illustrious career. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is dropping a bomb on the barely relevant sport with these charges, and the biggest question out of this story only has three letters: why?

Why on earth do these charges need to be brought upon a man that is heralded a hero by literally millions?

Why is the USADA trying to screw over the only possible good story to come out of a sport that has more juice than my fridge?

It makes no sense, and anyone that knows the name "Lance Armstrong" knows this is a fallacy on somebody’s part. Let’s just take a look at what this man has done in his career by the numbers.

He won seven Tour de France titles, and before and after that streak, the race has been as relevant to sports as Paris Hilton is to the singing industry. He captivated people because he only had a 50 percent chance at surviving through cancer that spread to four areas of his body.

The funny part is those aren’t even half of the staggering numbers. You remember those yellow bracelets that every living being wanted to get their hands on earlier this century? Well ever since 1997, those little rubber bracelets with “Livestrong” labeled on them have raised over $245 million for cancer research.

That’s right, so without those seven yellow jerseys, who knows where the Livestrong organization would be today?

I would have to say not anywhere in the same neighborhood as the $400 million organization it is today. The group wouldn’t even in the same time zone.

So if Armstrong hypothetically does get charged, would this be the first time that a person gets booked for doing more good than harm? Without Armstrong winning those races, hundreds of thousands of cancer-stricken families lives’ would be changed, but don’t tell the USADA that.

They will stick to the story and have the 10 bitter cyclists testify that they witnessed Armstrong use performance-enhancing drugs, but to be honest, who cares anymore?

First, it’s been over six years since his last Tour de France victory.

Secondly, who got robbed in those races that he supposedly doped in? I’m going to take a wild shot that the people that placed No. 2-137 in the race were barely racing with their own blood, too. The sport is dirtier than Yugoslavian mud wrestling, and anyone with a cable and internet connection knows it.

If anything, the bitter cyclists that want Armstrong rung up should be thankful he made their sport relevant for over half a decade, not upset about his accomplishments. Right now, cycling is hardly recognized as a sport by anyone, and if it wasn’t for Armstrong, I could see myself going the rest of my life without even thinking of bike racing once.

That’s the kind of impact Armstrong had on the sport, and that doesn’t even compare to the light he shined on cancer to so many people. So why are people even bothering with this? To put federal charges on an idol that has indirectly saved lives?

Have people really stooped this low? I’m afraid so, but its okay, Armstrong has been through and won some bigger battles in his life.

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