I can see where anyone who wins the TDF 7 times would naturally develop some "arrogance" and ego; but I never really sensed that Lance had the personality where he "needed to be in the spotlight". In fact, most pro cyclists, including Lance, seem pretty "incognito" about everything compared to most sports stars.
Have you never heard of the Olsen twins?
How doable is it for Armstrong to admit doping while avoiding going to the slammer for perjury in his SCA Promotions case sworn testimony?
In principle, it should be doable. Think of all the cheap ass settlements that the banks and the Wall Street types have successfully negotiated since the 2008 meltdown. He would have to fork over some big bucks to the government as a fine and/or settlement of the False Claims Act suit. (The latter would involve the Justice Department exercising its statutory authority to intervene and take over Floyd's lawsuit; Floyd would still get up to 30% of any settlement, as the judge would have to determine.) But it is all within Lance's economic wherewithal. Say (and these are very rough "ballpark" numbers) $25 million to the US, $7.5 million to settle with SCA productions, and another 2.5 million to settle with the Sunday Times -- that would still leave him with roughly $90 million to live on.
I think the harder thing, actually, would be to work out a satisfactory deal with USADA and WADA. Macur's article in the NY Times (which broke this story) suggests that, in addition to the pressure from the Livestrong donors, the other motivator for Lance is that he wants to regain the ability to compete in marathons and triathlons. (Rick
, take note. This is part of why why I said that he needs to be able to compete and be in the spotlight.) At this point, they're not likely to give him the sweetheart 6 month deal they gave to people like Leipheimer and Vandervelde. A four to eight year ban probably wouldn't be acceptable to Lance, since he would be a bit past his middle-aged prime before he could compete again.
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