Peter La Fleur breaks his silence on why he abruptly retired.
Once, he was on top of the sports world. Coming from relative obscurity, Peter La Fleur took the sports world by storm. To the chagrin of many of his faithful followers, his meteoric rise was almost as swift as his accelerated disappearance. La Fleur broke his silence recently as to why he gave up what he had worked so hard to attain.
”It was like a moment stuck in time,” recalled La Fleur. “The pressure was mounting and I didn’t know if I had what it takes. Then, as I contemplated essentially all of my life choices up to that point, there he was. Lance freaking Armstrong. I never thought a conversation in a hotel bar would be so impactful. I was ready to quit. Lance gave me the pep talk of all pep talks.”
"Once I was thinking about quitting when I was diagnosed with brain, lung, and testicular cancer all at the same time. But with the love and support of my friends and family, I got back on my bike and won the Tour de France five times in a row. But I'm sure you have a good reason to quit," Armstrong says, before adding, "I'm sure this decision won't haunt you forever."
”How could I look at myself in the mirror after that? I just knew I had to go out there and give it my all. I mean, Lance Armstrong BELIEVED in me.” La Fleur lamented.
Then, in the summer of 2005, a French newspaper broke the doping scandal that rocked cycling and dodgeball to its core. La Fleur was devestated. “I built all my passion and drive around that faithful day, only to find out it was all a lie. Coupled with the loss of Patches, I just turned to the bottle.” recalled the former dodgeball MVP.
After struggling with years of addiction, La Fleur has been clean and sober since 2014. He’s avoided the limelight and stayed active with his private venture, Average Joe’s, but once the ESPN doc centered around Lance Armstrong was released last month, he decided to break his silence.
”I want to set the record straight about Lance Armstrong.” said La Fleur to the millions that follow him on social media. “He’s a lying a**hole.”
That's all Peter La Fleur had to say on the matter. He has no plans to return to the dodgeball at this time.