Now, the man who once won a battle against testicular cancer has decided that his latest battle just isn't worth it anymore.
Armstrong has decided to stop fighting charges from the USADA, which will likely lead to a lifetime cycling ban for Armstrong, and more importantly the loss of his 7 Tour de France titles.
Despite the fact that he never failed a drug test, the USADA has been all over him like flies on feces.
Travis Tygart, the CEO of the USADA had this to say after Armstrong made his decision to stop fighting the charges:
"It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and our athletic heroes. This is a heartbreaking example of how the win-at-all-costs culture of sport, if left unchecked, will overtake fair, safe and honest competition."
Tygart is right, but for all the wrong reasons.
His statement seems to insinuate an admission of guilt on Armstrong's part.
In reality, it is quite the opposite. Armstrong continues to insist that this is nothing more than a witch hunt, repeatedly pointing to his grand total of zero positive tests.
Some people have decided that this makes him a cheater. Words can't express how flawed that logic is.
Armstrong has his Livestrong charity, which has raised millions of dollars for cancer research. He also has a family, and I'd imagine he would like to spend a little more time with them as well, instead of in court battling baseless charges.
Lance Armstrong might be guilty. But not just because the USADA says so.