Lance Armstrong has recently come under fire for expressing doubts about the fairness of transgender athletes competing in women’s sports.
In a video posted on Twitter, Armstrong shared his thoughts and raised important questions regarding the topic.
Armstrong began his tweet by asking whether society has reached a point where engaging in spirited debate is no longer encouraged but rather feared. He noted that people’s primary concern now seems to be the fear of being fired, shamed, or canceled. Drawing from his own experiences, Armstrong believed he was uniquely positioned to initiate these discussions.
However, Armstrong’s remarks immediately drew strong criticism from fans and followers. One Twitter user pointed out that Armstrong, who had cheated and attempted to ruin the lives of those who exposed his actions, may not be the most suitable voice to lead this discussion on fairness in sports.
Another commenter noted that Armstrong, as the world’s most infamous professional sports cheat in history, should abstain from participating in a debate on fairness in women’s sports.
It is worth noting that Armstrong’s fall from grace occurred in 2012 when he was stripped of his titles and banned from professional competition after the USADA exposed his consistent use of PEDs. His seven consecutive Tour de France wins from 1999 to 2005 were subsequently erased from the record books.
And Armstrong’s fall for grace makes him uniquelly qualified to detail just how much of a difference PEDs and hormones can make in a competitive sport. Not to mention he’s pretty much got nothing left to lose anymore.
Armstrong tapped Caitlyn Jenner to co-host a podcast with him. Jenner has been a vocal advocate against trans inclusion in the female division calling it nonsense.
“Being trans is not easy, I hope she enjoys the rest of her life and has a good life.”
“We must protect women’s sports. At all costs. What Lia has done, beating biological women to win a Division I national championship, is anathema to what sports represents and the spirit of competition,” she wrote in an editorial earlier this month.