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Old 01-05-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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News ^UPDATE: Lance Armstrong, arrogant and unaware, did little to repair his image

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Lance Armstrong, who has strongly denied the doping charges that led to him being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, has told associates he is considering admitting to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, The New York Times reported Friday.

The report cited anonymous sources and said Armstrong was considering a confession to help restore his athletic career in triathlons and running events at age 41. Armstrong has been banned for life from competing in sporting events governed by the World Anti-Doping Agency code.

Yet Armstrong attorney Tim Herman denied Armstrong has reached out to U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart and David Howman, director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Herman told The Associated Press he had no knowledge of Armstrong considering a confession and said: "When, and if, Lance has something to say, there won't be any secret about it."

Howman, reached while vacationing in New Zealand, told ESPN.com he has not been approached by Armstrong or his representatives but added: "I would be open to any discussions. Never say never. I'm prepared to listen to anybody."

Howman said USADA, not WADA, would have the authority to decide whether to reopen the case if Armstrong were to present new information. "It's [USADA's] issue, although they could come to us to ask for guidance or advice," he said.
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Oh god I hope so. What a dick
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Lance Armstrong confessed during an interview Monday with Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the interview is to be broadcast Thursday on Winfrey's network.


Armstrong was stripped of all seven Tour titles last year following a voluminous U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that portrayed him as a ruthless competitor, willing to go to any lengths to win the prestigious race.

USADA chief executive Travis Tygart labeled the doping regimen allegedly carried out by the U.S. Postal Service team that Armstrong once led, "The most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

After a federal investigation of the cyclist was dropped without charges being brought last year, USADA stepped in with an investigation of its own. The agency deposed 11 former teammates and accused Armstrong of masterminding a complex and brazen drug program that included steroids, blood boosters and a range of other performance-enhancers.

A group of about 10 close friends and advisers to Armstrong left a downtown Austin hotel about three hours after they arrived Monday afternoon for the taping. Among them were Armstrong attorneys Tim Herman and Sean Breen, along with Bill Stapleton, Armstrong's longtime agent, manager and business partner. All declined comment entering and exiting the session.

Soon afterward, Winfrey tweeted: "Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 hours. He came READY!"

She was scheduled to appear on "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday to discuss the interview.


In a text to the AP on Saturday, Armstrong said: "I told her (Winfrey) to go wherever she wants and I'll answer the questions directly, honestly and candidly. That's all I can say."

Armstrong stopped at the Livestrong Foundation, which he founded, on his way to the interview and said, "I'm sorry" to staff members, some of whom broke down in tears. A person with knowledge of that session said Armstrong choked up and several employees cried during the session.

The person also said Armstrong apologized for letting the staff down and putting Livestrong at risk but he did not make a direct confession to using banned drugs. He said he would try to restore the foundation's reputation, and urged the group to continue fighting for the charity's mission of helping cancer patients and their families.

Armstrong spoke to a room full of about 100 staff members for about 20 minutes, expressing regret for everything the controversy has put them through, the person said. He told them how much the foundation means to him and that he considers the people who work there to be like members of his family. None of the people in the room challenged Armstrong over his long denials of doping.

Winfrey and her crew had earlier said they would film Monday's session at Armstrong's home. As a result, local and international news crews were encamped near the cyclist's Spanish-style villa before dawn.

Armstrong still managed to slip away for a run despite the crowds outside his home. He returned by cutting through a neighbor's yard and hopping a fence.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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I wonder if he will use the "everyone did it, so i had to" defense.
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Overcoming cancer and donating with the Livestrong foundation are great things, but I don't know how he lied the way he did, looking everybody in the eyes and swearing up and down he'd never used performance enhancers. Threatening to sue people too? Really? He should apologize to everyone he threatened to sue when they were exposing his bum ass.
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here is a question that has to be asked, did his doping save his life from cancer?
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Now apparently he's willing to testify against the UCI that they helped him cover it up, and if he does that, he's going to bring the entire sport down with him.

Honestly, has this man ever done anything in the sport of cycling that wasn't for his own personal benefit, that didn't destroy hopes and dreams of others affiliated with the sport.

I hope that he isn't looking for forgiveness out of this admission, because I doubt anybody is interested in hearing it.
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This has zero impact on my life so I don't care.

However, the odds I'll get cancer in my lifetime are against me at this point just like the majority of others if you live long enough and the stuff he's done in that regard can't be tainted.

Like other cheaters, it doesn't really change my opinion of him.
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