Armstrong speaks. Invokes Martin Luther King. World cringes.
Armstrong: “I just got one last request, can everybody say yes before I ask it? Lets have a helluva good time tonight. Thank You.”
Earlier today disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong attended a dinner function in Austin Texas to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his Livestrong corporation, of which he stood down as Chairman two days ago.
Armstrong told the 1,500-strong audience that “I am … truly humbled by your support. It’s been an interesting couple of weeks. It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for me and my family, my friends and this foundation. I say, ‘I’ve been better, but I’ve also been worse.”
A roughish transcript of the speech follows.
“28 Million people around the world living with this disease. Martin Luther King said once … he said we must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope … (pause… smattering of applause)
Yes … this team behind me on this stage has infinite hope.
The people in this room have infinite hope and the people that we serve … literally whoever needs to be served, whoever we can serve … need infinite hope.
The mission absolutely must go on.
Thank you so much for your support.
It means the world to me. To all of us.
We will not be deterred.
We will move forward and we will continue to serve the 28 million people around the world that need us the most.
I just got one last request, can everybody say yes before I ask it?
Lets have a helluva good time tonight.
I’m really only doing this for the record. If you want to read more see this piece in The Guardian.