In Armstrong’s case, given all of the legal and personal consequences now cascading down around him — including the future of the Livestrong Foundation, a charity he founded to support cancer patients — he’ll need a Mantle level of honesty. That task transcends any race. As Armstrong acknowledged, “I’m not the most believable guy in the world right now.”
Whether Armstrong can somehow regain some sense of honor, genuinely this time, hinges on his humility and honesty going forward.
There’s a way Armstrong could surprise a lot of people — be like Mickey Mantle.
Mark Bennett is a columnist for The Tribune Star in Terre Haute, Ind. Contact him at email@example.com.