Lance Armstrong's confession that he did, in fact, cheat and used banned drugs or blood transfusions during all of his historic Tour de France wins seems to have hurt his reputation.
A News Channel 8 poll conducted by Survey USA found 63% of people believe he won't be able to restore his reputation. Just 21% think he will and 16% aren't sure.
"The law of karma doesn't make exceptions for anybody," said Vince Carthane, a St. Petersburg resident. "A lot of people have a tendency of taking a lie as far as they can."
At 98.7 "The Fan," sports talk hosts "Booger and Rich in the Afternoon" focused on Armstrong's confession to Oprah Winfrey that aired Thursday night.
"I think ultimately what you saw is an athlete that was driven to win and achieve greatness at all costs," Anthony "Booger" McFarland said. "Personally - for a guy who needs to cheat to achieve greatness or a guy who needs to cheat to achieve success - I just think there's no place in sports."
McFarland's co-host, Rich Herrera, feels a bit betrayed.
"I'm wearing my Livestrong shoes because I was one of those that was duped," Herrera said. "I paid $10 extra to buy these Nike shoes because I believed in what Lance Armstrong was selling."
Herrera said his brother is a cancer survivor so it hits close to home.
"[Armstrong] created an industry solely on people's belief that he overcame the odds and if you work hard enough in this country anything can happen," he said. "The fact he was able to further his own interest, his own empire, [and] his own lies - bothers me. It's such an enigma. On one hand - you want to celebrate all the things he did. he raised $500 million dollars for cancer research; that's awesome. But then you looked in my face and lied to me and broke everybody's heart."
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