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Left Looking Like a Chump, Apology Hollow

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Among my emails Wednesday morning, out of the blue, was one from Lance Armstrong.

Riles, I'm sorry.

 

All I can say for now but also the most heartfelt thing too. Two very important words.

 

L

 

And my first thought was ... "Two words? That's it?"

 

Two words? For 14 years of defending a man? And in the end, being made to look like a chump?

 

Wrote it, said it, tweeted it: "He's clean." Put it in columns, said it on radio, said it on TV. Staked my reputation on it.

 

"Never failed a drug test," I'd always point out. "Most tested athlete in the world. Tested maybe 500 times. Never flunked one."

 

Why? Because Armstrong always told me he was clean.

 

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