vinny - i don't think i've read many of those sentiments.
here are a couple thoughts:
1. I've known guys who have gone belly-up because they had to defend themselves in a lawsuit - which they WON! But they ultimately lost due to the cost of defending themself.
2. I've had a simple foreclosure/eviction lawsuit in Texas that was a massive headache for me (i won every step of the way). But, there were a few technical errors to start out with that had to be unwound. Normally a guy wouldn't fight it because he'd have to pay an attorney and ultimately he'd lose. But in this case the guy qualified for a PUBLIC DEFENDER. Took several years, won every step of the way, but i had to shell out plenty of coin to do so because my opposition had an unlimited source of tax payer money. See: USADA. There were many times I thought along the way 'f it' because of the circumstances of having to compete v. public dender (open checkbook).
3. Lance has certainly done well for himself, but he's spent millions of dollars defending himself along the way, winning every time. His income is certainly less than it once was - every body has a limit on funding, no doubt. This is certainly a factor at this point in his life. Now it is over for him. He can move on. He certainly now has no more 'worries' about having to face this 'yet again'.
4. Why lifetime ban for first offense? Guys like Landis and Hamilton got 2 year bans (first offense) when they actually tested positive in a drug test.
Great post. I tend to think that he saw the future of spending years and his personal treasure defending his name...and decided just to quit. It was going to cost him millions and millions.
I also do not understand the lifetime ban. As you noted, Landis and Hamilton both doped to the gills and lied about it, yet could race again.