On Wednesday, the United States Anti-Doping Agency released hundreds of pages of allegations against Lance Armstrong purporting to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Armstrong not only doped, but organized a doping ring. The question of whether or not Lance Armstrong used PEDs is basically settled for most people that care—he did, and he's already forfeited his Tour de France titles by choosing not to fight these very charges—but doping itself is also ancillary to the question that doping investigators think they're answering: Is Lance Armstrong an asshole? If so, what type of asshole? Armstrong is many things to many people—the face of a prominent charity, a sporting goods and beer pitchman and, perhaps indelibly, a feature of the sports and culture landscape. Knowing whether and in what way Armstrong is an asshole is useful for the same reason that knowing Michael Jordan is an asshole is useful: he's going to be around forever, so we may as well know what we're looking at the next time he pops up in an ad or takes a job as an executive.
Deadspin · Isaac Rauch