Lance Armstrong's Admission of Doping Creates a Twitter Firestorm

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Lance Armstrong's Admission of Doping Creates a Twitter Firestorm
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Lance Armstrong has admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs, according to the Associated Press.

The Associated Press tweeted on Monday:

 

Naturally, the admission from the man who had seven Tour de France titles stripped from him set off a firestorm in Twitter Land.

Chris Jones, back-page columnist for ESPN the Magazine, tweeted:

 

Bleacher Report's own Eric Ball tweeted:

 

T.J. Quinn of ESPN added that Armstrong's admission won't be enough for many people leading up to the airing of the Oprah segment on Thursday. Rather, the way he admits his guilt will be noted.

Quinn tweeted:

 

Comedian Frank Caliendo chimed in:

 

Bomani Jones added:

 

Not Charles Barkley quipped:

 

Piers Morgan of CNN got in on the bashing of Armstrong:

 

Author and educator William Deen was more interested in the fact that Armstrong has battled back to beat cancer:

 

Adam Kramer, lead college football writer for Bleacher Report, tweeted:

 

Matt Jones of KentuckySportsRadio.com noted the support Armstrong has received despite the allegations:

 

The news comes after Armstrong apologized to the staff at his Livestrong cancer foundation on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 41-year-old reportedly teared up in front of the staff and aims to repair the foundation's tarnished image.

Armstrong vehemently denied using PEDs for years despite numerous teammates and acquaintances coming forward and several investigations. After retiring in early 2011, he has been faced with nothing but a constant barrage stemming from the allegations.

This will undoubtedly change the way people look at Armstrong's cycling career, if they haven't changed their minds already. Once hailed as one of the sport's greatest cyclists and competitors, words such as "fraud" and "phony" are cascading down upon Armstrong now. 

After a lifetime of success, Armstrong's image has taken a major hit, one that will resound for years to come throughout the world.

 

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