Saturday, January 12, 2013
LANCE ARMSTRONG SET TO CONFESS TO DOPING IN A SENSATIONAL INTERVIEW WITH TV QUEEN OPRAH WINFREY
Disgraced cycling star, Lance Armstrong is set to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late on Friday.
The interview, scheduled to be taped on Monday and broadcast on Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, will be conducted at Armstrong's home in Austin, Texa
According to USA Today who Cited an anonymous source, the disgraced cyclist plans to admit using performance-enhancing drugs, but will likely not get into details of the allegations outlined in a 2012 report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from the sport.
Armstrong's representatives declined to comment, including his attorney Tim Herman. even though The New York Times had reported last week that Armstrong was considering making a confession.
The 41-year-old, who vehemently denied doping for years, has not spoken publicly about the USADA report that cast him as the leader of a sophisticated and brazen doping program on his U.S. Postal Service teams that included use of steroids, blood boosters and illegal blood transfusions.
Winfrey's network announced Tuesday that Armstrong agreed to a 'no holds barred' interview with her.
A confession to Winfrey would come at a time when some of Armstrong's legal troubles appear to be clearing up.
Armstrong faces a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by former teammate Floyd Landis accusing him of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service, but the U.S. Department of Justice has yet to announce if it will join the case.
The British newspaper The Sunday Times is suing Armstrong to recover about $500,000 it paid him to settle a libel lawsuit.
Armstrong lost most of his personal sponsorship - worth tens of millions of dollars - after USADA issued its report and he left the board of the Livestrong cancer-fighting charity he founded in 1997. He is still said to be worth an estimated $100 million.
Livestrong might be one reason to issue an apology or make a confession. The charity supports cancer patients and still faces an image problem because of its association with its famous founder.
The New York Times reported that Armstrong may make a confession in an attempt to return to competition in elite triathlon or running events, but World Anti-Doping Code rules state his lifetime ban cannot be reduced to less than eight years. WADA and U.S. Anti-Doping officials could agree to reduce the ban further depending on what new information Armstrong provides and his level of cooperation.
Armstrong met with USADA officials recently to explore a 'pathway to redemption', according to a report by 60 Minutes Sports aired on Wednesday on Showtime.