Armstrong Severs Livestrong Ties
...in a bid to keep charity afloat
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 12, 2012 9:57 AM CST
In this July 24, 2005 file photo, Lance Armstrong carries the United States flag during a victory parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris after winning his seventh straight Tour de France.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

(Newser) – Last month, Lance Armstrong stepped down as chairman of the Livestrong board; now, he's severing all official ties to the charity. The cyclist had initially retained a seat on the board; on Nov. 4, he gave it up, the AP reports. But Armstrong "remains the inspiration" for the foundation, says a rep for the group, and he is still its biggest donor, having given a total of almost $7 million to the charity. But donations are what's behind the move, explains Bloomberg. In an email sent yesterday, Livestrong's chair wrote that the cyclist quit "to spare the organization any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding his cycling career"—or, as Bloomberg put it, to "save donations."

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T.A.R.D.I.S
Nov 12, 2012 6:53 PM CST
I would still like to know how he passed every drug test, When everybody else was failing them
pg13
Nov 12, 2012 11:42 AM CST
He's getting weird. Check out this twitter pic he posted yesterday. http://www.mobli.com/media/show/id/22700756?referer=tw
Twiny
Nov 12, 2012 10:28 AM CST
That's the first decent thing he's done since this scandal broke. How does he look at himself in the mirror every day when he is such a huge cheater? How does he justify stealing all those races from honest athletes who weren't doping? What does he say to the kids that idolized him as their hero? How does he explain a 'winning at any cost' and an 'everybody else was doing it too' attitude to a brokenhearted kid who has just lost his idol? The man proved himself to be a complete shit. God only knows where this little bit of decency came from.