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Lance Armstrong Flips the Bird at the International Cycling Union: PHOTO

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Lance Armstrong clearly has no shame about the doping scandal that stripped him of his Tour de France titles, posting this photo to his Twitter account in what Yahoo Sports calls "a finely-honed troll move."

Tweets Armstrong: "Back in Austin and just layin' around ... "

Writes Yahoo!:

Now, obviously the UCI wasn't going to come into Armstrong's house and yank the jerseys off his walls. (The International Olympic Committee could be a different story. They have ordered disgraced medalists to surrender their medals in the past.) But even though Armstrong has removed the Tour de France victories from his Twitter profile, he's clearly not relinquishing the titles in the public eye.

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  1. He is a pathetic sad man --- and anyone who did not see that and wore those silly yellow bracelets got scammed by a scam artist.

    He low however will always be when the man who made a career out of surviving cancer could not support and ended a relationship with his girlfriend when she was diagnosed with cancer - and walked away. Poor Cheryl Crow.

    Posted by: RJP3 | Nov 12, 2012 11:10:05 AM


  2. No tact and no humility. This pic is proof of that.

    Posted by: greg | Nov 12, 2012 11:14:00 AM


  3. I could really care less whether he took steroids or not. It really does not affect me or anyone I know in any way.

    Posted by: jht | Nov 12, 2012 11:15:44 AM


  4. The money people spent on those "silly yellow bracelets" still went to cancer research. How is that a scam?

    Posted by: endo | Nov 12, 2012 11:16:13 AM


  5. This resonates on my radar how exactly?

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Nov 12, 2012 11:18:29 AM


  6. Lance wins again. I like him. My choice.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 12, 2012 11:18:32 AM


  7. Why should he have any shame? The USADA has never proven he took steroids. They have no laboratory or other evidence. They only have innuendo and hearsay. Until the USADA comes up with concrete evidence, Armstrong is innocent until proven guilty. If the USADA has the proof, they should file criminal fraud charges against Armstrong. They don't because they don't have the proof. The USADA are who should be investigated in all this.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 12, 2012 11:22:17 AM


  8. He might, though, consider being ashamed of that yellow and dried-blood-color decor. Really awful.

    Posted by: WebHybrid | Nov 12, 2012 11:28:23 AM


  9. Yawn. He helped more people with this "scam" and those bracelets than ANY complainer EVER will. Unless someone else has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to help those people, they really should shut up because they feel misled by Lance. Were they only helping him because he was a cycling winner? If that's the case, then they are trash.

    Posted by: J Y | Nov 12, 2012 11:30:36 AM


  10. Must be a slow news day.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Nov 12, 2012 11:31:06 AM


  11. NONE of that money for those "silly yellow bracelets" went to cancer research! Live Strong is an awareness charity. They spend/donate no money to actual research. They are upfront about that, but like you, many assume that money is going to research.

    Posted by: unruly | Nov 12, 2012 11:32:54 AM


  12. I completely agree with Jamal49. No one has proven Lance's guilt. He just decided to stop fighting. He still claims his innocence. Now I was never a fan of his generally speaking, and I do not like what I think I know about how he treated Ms. Crow, nor did I support his Livestrong organization, I am not a fan of corporate charities. I am only interested because that I dressed up as Lance for Halloween on year in New Orleans, complete with a jar containing a testicle...

    Again, innocent until proven guilty. The cornerstone of our judicial system.

    Posted by: Critifur | Nov 12, 2012 11:34:57 AM


  13. He just left the board of Livestrong, so perhaps his days of being cocky are over.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 12, 2012 11:40:39 AM


  14. Unruly, you are absolutely incorrect. Livestrong distributes its money to a variety of cancer causes including awareness, education, grants, advocacy, and helping individual families deal with cancer.

    And yes, they have given money directly to research. The foundation gave out a total of $20 million in research grants between 1998 and 2005.

    Lawyered.

    Posted by: endo | Nov 12, 2012 11:51:23 AM


  15. I actually feel bad for Lance Amrstrong - people turned on him like Wild rabies dogs.....Unless there is actual EVIDENCE ie: Blood test ...anyoone caould say anything (until there is a actual machine that can 100% predict honesty)

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Nov 12, 2012 11:54:40 AM


  16. Just show me the results of one drug test he failed. Please. I coached cycling and don't care about the politics but I do know you don't win 7 tours without incredible strength, will and committment. Must we always attack our heros?

    Posted by: terry | Nov 12, 2012 12:26:07 PM


  17. He was always a jerk, but the doping scandal and the way it was handled, with other riders ratting him out to save their own skins does seem a bit like a scalping.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 12, 2012 12:28:52 PM


  18. I think he looks sexy there.

    Posted by: i don't care if he did | Nov 12, 2012 12:46:38 PM


  19. Should he be punished by the cycling community? Yeah. But he is NOT a villain. They can't even reward his titles to anyone else because performance enhancing drugs were so rampant. If you look at it that way, he won on an even playing field. People need to stop being so overdramatic. Punish him and move on.

    The man has done a ton of good in regards to cancer. And that to me far overshadows any doping scandal. As for his breakup with Sheryl Crow, people need to stop making assumptions about their breakup. We don't know what ended their relationship or why they split.

    Posted by: BEAHBEAH | Nov 12, 2012 12:57:11 PM


  20. It is sad to watch a disgraced man fall. But hey he made that choice.

    Posted by: Gast | Nov 12, 2012 1:44:35 PM


  21. Like a boss.

    Posted by: Jedi | Nov 12, 2012 3:04:03 PM


  22. By most accounts I've seen, from a wide variety of people, Armstrong is not a particularly nice man. Livestrong does some good, and I respect that. People should of course also be aware 'charities' can and are often used for tax purposes.

    As for the scandal, I believe ALL the top players in competitive bicycling do nefarious things, as do many professional, semi-pro and even college and some HS athletes. Armstrong competed against others who were in all likelihood not clean themselves, and he won. He won seven times...which is an accomplishment. He is without question a fine athlete. But nice guy? Probably not. Many men and women in similar positions as him are not nice people in private.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 12, 2012 3:07:27 PM


  23. All his boosters on here fail to remember that he bullied and villified his prior accusers--easy to do with a huge corporate sponsor and legal machine behind you. He also made huge amounts of personal money by lying about his use, including collecting from sponsor insurers who didn't want to pay out when accusations about his use arose. He committed perjury about his use and likely violated financial contracts by his use. He's a cheat who has always represented himself as morally superior and incorruptible, which is the most distasteful.

    Read the articles that explain how he avoided testing positive given the drug tests of the day, colluded with teammates and trainers to avoid surprise tests, and switched to emerging enhancers for which tests weren't yet widely available. He frequently fell back on the same statements of "haven't tested positive" rather than "absolutely don't use enhancers."

    Posted by: scott x | Nov 12, 2012 3:47:08 PM


  24. The hardest work he did in his life was finding ways to pass drug tests. Now that testing is more advanced, he refuses to have his old samples tested.
    And he gave up on defending himself. If you were wrongly accused of doing something, wouldn't you spend all of your effort defending yourself?
    Why did the charity stop funding research? There still isn't a cure yet. Or is there just more business and promotion of the cult of Armstrong in "awareness?"

    Posted by: PDX_Guy | Nov 12, 2012 4:18:19 PM


  25. "he refuses to have his old samples tested."

    Uh, hilariously retarded. You do know they didn't give him back his pee? He has no say in what the USADA does with his blood and urine samples.

    If you believe the case against Armstrong, fine. But don't just make crap up!

    And Livestrong stopped funding research in favor of providing support to people with cancer because they found it was an area not being served.

    Posted by: endo | Nov 12, 2012 4:30:22 PM


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