It has nothing to do with American fans being idiots.
Wolf - most of the comments posted by American members here, in respect of LeMond, are idiotic.
It has nothing to do with American fans being idiots. Everyone thinks Greg got this rep because of the LA scandal....... Greg had this rep back in the 1980's before he even won a TDF...... The thing that started it was the famous TV coverage of him during the TDF when his DS ordered him to hold back and wait for Hinault....... He was actually crying to the TV cameras that he could win the TDF if it wasn't for "having to wait for Hinault."
Wolf, mate, I don't know what your history with LeMond is, but I've followed this sport since 1979 and I can tell you that throughout the extensive collection of interviews, articles, TV footage, of LeMond that he never "whinged" during his cycling career.
In addition, it is the general consensus that if LeMond had not been injured in 1987, that LeMond would have probably had an even better palmares.
I've never read or heard of any rider who competed against LeMond try to disparage him or his achievements or for the comments that he made while he was competing.
Your view of LeMond seems to be at odds with his rivals views, the cycling view expressed in publications like Cycling Weekly, Cycle Sport, Velo etc.