It's been a hard fall for Lance Armstrong. The cyclist was accused of a massive doping conspiracy last week, stepped down as Livestrong foundation chairman and lost Nike as a sponsor.
This round: Is Lance Armstrong still an American hero?
Rarely if ever do athletes live up to the persona we create for them. What we found behind Armstrong's curtain was a lot worse than a guy who cheats on his wife or skips church services. Armstrong cheated, lied and continued to lie once he got caught. For that, he deserves to be stripped of all his cycling accolades. That said, there's no denying the positive impact he's had on millions of people suffering from cancer. $500 million in Livestrong's 15 years has done a lot of good—even if the man responsible for it proved to be deplorable. For that and only that, Armstrong remains a hero.