Lance Armstrong may represent the largest shift of public perception surrounding an athlete since Pete Rose was caught betting on baseball.
Armstrong maintained his steadfast rejection of doping rumors until the last possible second, making his lies seem all the greater. His world came crashing down last year as he was abandoned by sponsors and even by his own Liveotrong organization. As a final humiliation, the cyclist was stripped of all of his record-setting Tour de France titles. The athlete recently appeared in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to give a lukewarm apology and reveal some choice details of his doping.
This week, Armstrong (who lives in Texas) was spotted in Los Angeles. TMZ reported that the athlete was spotted attending a restaurant and posing for pictures.
Armstrong has been rumored to be in talks with movie studio executives over a possible biopic about Armstrong’s storied life. In fact, TMZ hinted that there could two different movies about Armstrong in some form of pre-production.
As a side note, let’s indulge in a bit of speculation as to who Hollywood may cast to play Armstrong in a movie. A young Paul Newman would be perfect, but rumors suggest that Bradley Cooper may have been cast as the world’s most infamous cyclist. More great casting suggestions would be welcome in the comments section below.