For a guy who has had his own share of public problems, Charlie Sheen came down hard on Lance Armstrong when Jay Leno asked Sheen about Armstrong’s admissions that he used performance-enhancing drugs to become an international cycling champion.
“He’s kind of a douche,” Sheen said, when Leno raised the subject on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday night on NBC. Sheen then tried to immediately withdraw the statement. “Wow, I didn’t just say that, did I? Sorry, Lance.”
However, Sheen’s “apology” wasn’t exactly sincere. The fact seems to be that Sheen just personally dislikes Armstrong — not because of Armstrong’s admissions about doping earlier this month in his interview with Oprah Winfrey, but because of an incident that occurred a long time before that.
“That’s based on meeting him,” Sheen said, explaining why he called Armstrong a douche. Then Charlie told the story about an encounter he had with Armstrong at a celebrity event Sheen didn’t specify. “He was talking to Sheryl Crow [to whom Armstrong was once engaged] at the time and I walked up and said, ‘Hi, Mr. Armstrong, I’m Charlie Sheen. Just want to say hello.’ He looked at me [and] he goes, ‘That’s nice’.”
Apparently, Sheen felt he’d been dissed. “Sorry to bother you, Capt. Bitchin’!” Sheen said on “The Tonight Show,” illustrating how he felt. “I mean, whatever. So go get a paper route, dude!” (We think the “paper route” comment was Charlie’s way of dismissing Armstrong as just a guy who rides a bicycle for a living.)
Leno himself has pretty strong views on Armstrong also, and he had no problem airing them on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday night. “You know what makes me mad about him?” Jay said. “Not even the fact that he cheated ’cause, OK, they’re all doing it. [But] the fact that [he] ruined the lives of people who called [him] on it. People who called [him] on it [he] could have just gone, ‘Alright, that’s your opinion. I have mine, thank you.’ But to take them to court and ruin their lives — that was the evil part.”
“That was creepy,” agreed Sheen, who added, “If he was a better guy in his life, he would be forgiven a lot faster and a lot easier – kind of like me!”
Then Leno tried to define the difference between Sheen and Armstrong. For us, Jay's explanation was a little too forgiving of Sheen's drug use - a habit that has ruined the lives of thousands of other people and their loved ones.
You can draw your own conclusions about what Leno said: “I say this to people all the time and I’ll say it to your face,” Leno said to Sheen. “Americans will accept anything except hypocrisy. You say, ‘Look, I like drugs. I like girls.’ You’re not a hypocrite and people go, ‘OK, thank you for being honest and we applaud you for that’.”
Sheen came on “The Tonight Show” as part of his current publicity tour in support of his FX sitcom “Anger Management.” He talked about the show with Leno and even showed a clip. But the two also talked about Lindsay Lohan, to whom Sheen gave a gift of $100,000 recently to help her settle some debts, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who got in hot water recently when a photo surfaced of him apparently partying with Sheen in Mexico.