It’s not worth a proper blog post but several people have been asking about the chances of Lance Armstrong going to prison on charges of perjury following his statement under oath in the case with SCA Promotions, the sports insurance company with the disputed bonus payment. Some draw comparisons to the Marion Jones case after the American athlete spent time in jail.
This quick audio clip will clear things up.
It features Dallas attorney Jeff Tilletson of Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, the firm that acts on behalf of SCA Promotions and the man who took the deposition from Armstrong under oath that was replayed during the Oprah Winfrey interview. He’s interviewed by BBC radio presenter Colin Murray.
The interview is part of the Bespoke podcast by Murray and the BBC. The show covers cycling in all its aspects but the latest edition is dominated by the Armstrong news:
French free-sheet Metro tried an interview with Marc Madiot about the Lance Armstrong case… but they didn’t get far…
Lance Armstrong has finally spoken. What does this long-awaited confession mean to you? Nothing.
Not even a sense of relief? No. He’s not been in the sport for ages, this it doesn’t change the problem. Armstrong, he’s in the past of the past. All that interests me now is to know what we can do to stop these things happening again.
Exactly, according to sources in the US, he’s ready to testify against some UCI staff who knew what was going on… I don’t know and I don’t care. I’m watching what happens but it doesn’t bother me. We don’t know what’s behind this operation. We’re in the dark about any deal. So any commentary doesn’t really help much.
His witness statements could be the final chapter of this story… What final chapter? After this story we’re going to be treated to a book, a film etc. Armstrong ruined our lives for 10 or 15 years and I don’t want him to be around. Cycling today is no longer about Armstrong.
In twelfth century Europe, under the laudable purpose of removing everything that would break the dogma of the Catholic Faith from society, the Church began persecuting and harassing anyone who professed beliefs which contradicted the customs and ideals of the Faithful. Granted full powers, bishops and archbishops terrorized the people to incriminate and acuse others, under oath, of any heresy or secret gatherings.
Although official documents authorized torture only “without excess,” torture often ended in executions and mutilations in order to obtain the defendant’s confession, in the name of God and of the Church. What we know today as the “Holy (Spanish) Inquisition” is part of the dark history of Europe and Spain in particular, but in its day was sacred and divine.
It is not my intention to submit a similarity between the atrocities of ecclesiastical institutions of the Middle Ages and the highest levels of cyclists today. I mean to say that things are not bad in small doses, the injustice comes with the excess.
From my point of view, cheating and fraud are not a matter of culture, it is ingrained in human beings as part of our nature, and throughout history, there has not only been cheating and swindling that triggered the great struggles, but the disproportionate and excessive repression, and dark purposes of the inquisitor.
Although cycling’s sin is undeniable, no one has the absolute truth. A public confession by a defendant would do little for the prosperity of a sport that has already seen some, and those only served to fuel more disbelief (in the sport). On the contrary, it helps to set up a system with impenetrable walls and secret agendas.
However, the only sacred and divine confession would be repentance at all levels, not just the defendant.