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Laird Hamilton

It's Okay

If Lance Armstrong Cheated

8/25/2012 5:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0825_laird_hamilton_video_tmzSurfing legend Laird Hamilton thinks it's BS that Lance Armstrong got stripped of his Tour de France titles, but not because he thinks doping is wrong ... but because everyone was doing it.

Hamilton took the unusual position when our our photog bumped into him yesterday in Malibu ... saying he believes that if everyone is cheating in a sport, then it's "still an even playing field, it's still the best guy wins."

Hamilton also said he thinks the public coming down on athletes who are found to be cheating isn't right, saying, "I think it's a little bit of hypocrisy that we think these athletes are sterile people that are eating dry toast and then they're performing at these high levels. Rocket ships need rocket fuel to go to space. Athletes need the fuel they need to do what they need to do and let's be realistic about that."

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency hit Armstrong with a lifetime ban yesterday and stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles after concluding he used performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong maintains his innocence.

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ManiacalZebra    

Why is it hypocritical for people to want athletes to win through honest effort rather than cheating?

727 days ago
32.

Tia    

Wristbands should read: Live Strong with Drugs!

I was amazed by Lance Armstrong; however, the truth is out and is a disgrace.

727 days ago
33.

rash on my ass    

this is funny watch lmao http://youtu.be/GUgNP0v228Y

726 days ago
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