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Canadian Cancer Centre Trying To Decide What To Do With Lance Armstrong Display & Autographed Jersey
January 23, 2013
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Lance Armstrong's fall from grace has created a bit of a dilemna for Thunder Bay's Regional Health Sciences Centre.

The centre has a framed, autographed Armstrong jersey hanging just outside its chemotherapy room, along with a photo of Armstrong at the Tour de France.

Trouble is, not everyone wants it there, now that Armstrong has publicly admitted to doping during his career, including his seven Tour de France victories.

Joanne Lacourcier is with the regional cancer program and spoke with the CBC Radio show 'Superior Morning'.

She said the jersey was a gift that was co-ordinated through the Thunder Bay firefighters association and former cyclist Curt Harnett - a three-time Olympic medalist for Canada.

The centre has consulted some of its patients as well as staff. Lacourcier said many now see the jersey and the display as a symbol of "deceit and disgrace."

But she said "there's probably as many, or more, that really view Lance Armstrong as a symbol of hope and they look at his many, many contributions to cancer fundraising."

"It's tough one," she added. "Everyone looks at it from a different perspective, and everybody relates to Lance, relates to his story, in a very different way."

"It's a challenge for the cancer program to figure out what to do next with this display," she said. "We have to honour everyone's perspectives."

Lacourcier said officials plan to meet with the firefighters association and with its patients "to figure out what the right thing is to do."

It hopes to make a decision in a few weeks. You can listen to the full conversation here.

Of course, that's not the only controversy related to Armstrong this week.

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Chris Parsons is a spokesperson for the local council of Manly.

He told the BBC "This was a prank, it happened on Saturday and a member of the public has taken a photo and posted it on social media and it's gone viral on social media."

As well, he said local libraries "can't simply reclassify books from fiction to non-fiction."

"It's a big, busy library and someone has played a practical joke - it's gone unnoticed for a while and once staff noticed they changed it," he said.

Then, there's poor Karl Baxter, the director of Wholesale Clearance UK.

Baxter told BBC Radio he bought 7,000 Lance Armstrong DVDs, days before Armstrong confessed to doping.

In the DVD's, Armstrong talks about the "science" of his success. Baxter says he got them for a good price and was hoping to sell them for about three bucks a piece.

But he said when the doping story broke "quite unexpectedly", he realized he could be stuck with them.

"On reflection, it's probably not the best business decision ever," he said. But "until Lance confessed himself, there was no truth behind the rumours, so to speak."

"Unless you'd read any of the books over the past ten years," one of the hosts replied.

You can listen to the interview here.

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Meantime, USA Today is reporting that two people who read Armstrong's book "It's Not About The Bike" have filed a lawsuit against him and his publishers.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in California by Rob Stutzman, a public affairs consultant, and Jonathan Wheeler, a chef.

They claim the book is a fraud based on lies and false advertising, and they're asking for refunds and other costs.

They're also seeking class-action status on behalf of other people in California who bought the book and another Armstrong book 'Every Second Counts'.

And one other note: apparently, Bradley Cooper wants to play Armstrong in an upcoming film about his life.

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"I remember Matt Damon was going to do his autobiography at one point years ago," Cooper told the BBC.

"I remember thinking, that would be a great character, I'd love to play that character. I would love to do something, I think he's pretty fascinating."

'Star Trek; director J.J. Abrams has bought the rights to a film about Armstrong based on the upcoming book 'Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong'.

The book, by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur, is due to be published this summer.

According to the Daily Mail, other actors rumoured to be up for the role include Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender, Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale.

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