sports columnist David Ramsey ran a piece
talking to a former colleague of cyclist Lance Armstrong on the topic of post-truth relief for those who spoke out about Armstrong's history of doping
Listen, I find no joy in watching Armstrong free-fall in the public's regard, but there is solace to be found in his troubles. As he falls, there's an encouraging, uplifting rise.
The crusaders who spoke the truth about him are now vindicated.
Betsy and her husband, Frankie, a former professional racer and teammate of Armstrong's, were present at a 1996 hospital discussion. At the time, Armstrong was recovering from cancer, and he told his physician he had enhanced his training with human growth hormone and steroids.
Then, as us newsie types are wont to do, the paper's sports-related Twitter account sent the story out, tagging Armstrong in the process. However, the cyclist, as you can see above, dissented.
Ramsey then tweeted out several offers to talk to the cyclist post-column, which this reporter wondered about and asked the columnist for clarification on why Armstrong wasn't contacted pre-print.
"A valid question," Ramsey responded, "but getting in touch with Lance is about as easy as getting in touch with Putin or Obama."
After I responded that it seems it apparently is not that difficult, Ramsey wrote: "Point well taken, but if he's serious about his point, he will call. He can't have it both ways."
And the last word: