Breaking News

Sylvester police arrest suspect in shooting July 31, 2014

0

Report: Armstrong to admit career doping in Oprah interview Monday

The USADA released damning evidence against cyclist Lance Armstrong recently, and it appears the seven-time Tour de France winner is going to admit he cheated every step of the way in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Monday, according to a report late Friday night.

The USADA released damning evidence against cyclist Lance Armstrong recently, and it appears the seven-time Tour de France winner is going to admit he cheated every step of the way in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Monday, according to a report late Friday night.

AUSTIN, Texas — Lance Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday.

The interview, scheduled to be taped Monday and broadcast Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, will be conducted at Armstrong's home in Austin, Texas.

Citing an anonymous source, USA Today reported that the disgraced cyclist plans to admit using performance-enhancing drugs, but likely will 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 representatives declined comment, including his attorney Tim Herman. The New York Times first reported last week that Armstrong was considering making a confession.

The 41-year-old Armstrong, 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.

Any potential perjury charges stemming from his sworn testimony denying doping in a 2005 arbitration fight with a Dallas promotions company over a contract bonus worth $7.5 million have passed the statute of limitations.

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 Wednesday on Showtime.

Comments

Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 6 months ago

After making how much money from his cycling success? How honorable.

0

chinaberry25 1 year, 6 months ago

This is a poor example of what Americans have produced. Lie, lie lie. He and Barry Bonds and the like is the very reason I do not watch sports today. I use to be a huge baseball fan, but no more. Cheaters one and all. This person rates at the top of all cheaters and now he wants us to forgive him. Not gonna happen.

0

ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 6 months ago

Well, I guess on Monday he will be a "admitted" cheater. Who cares?

0

agirl_25 1 year, 6 months ago

Can't stand the cheater and won't watch because I think Oprah is a racist hog but wonder if Lance will mention using epoetin alfa on a regular basis. He had testicular cancer and it is used in treatment but athletes have been known to use it to give them an energy boost (extra oxygen to the blood). He was known to have used it throughout his races, because of the cancer. I read that in Sports Illustrated.

0

waitforit 1 year, 6 months ago

And lance is a cancer ridden cheat who lied to win. Guess you could say they're even.....oops but Oprah's a billionaire...she can loose weight but you can't fix stupid

0

Sign in to comment