Is Lance Armstrong going to finally come clean?
Will Lance Armstrong finally admit the use of doping and the use of performance enhancing drugs? Anonymous sources are saying that the disgraced cyclists is going to do just that. In an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong plans on admitting to doping throughout his career; however, it is unknown just how far he will go and just how much he will admit to. Armstrong has been stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles and has been banned from cycling.
Is Lance Armstrong about to come clean on doping?
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — 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.
The question remains, why finally admit to the use of PED now after 15 years of denials? Could it be that he thinks that it might get his ban reduced? But could this cause more damage to Armstrong than good with the lawsuits that still exist and the people who still believe in his image?
Last month, Armstrong met with Travis Tygart, chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, to begin discussing a way in which an admission from Armstrong could mitigate his punishment. Under the World Anti-Doping Code, athletes can receive up to a 75 percent reduction of a ban if they provide substantial assistance to antidoping authorities in building cases against other cheaters. For his ban to be reduced, though, Armstrong will have to give information about the people who helped him dope.
If Armstrong does confess, he is opening himself to more legal troubles than he has now. He has been named as a defendant in a federal whistle-blower case that contends that Armstrong and his associates on the United States Postal Service cycling team used taxpayer dollars to finance a systematic doping program. The government is considering joining that case as a plaintiff.
On a personal note, it is truly sad that some one who accomplished so much and brought so much attention to cancer by his come back as a cancer survivor turned out to be a fraud and a cheat. Then again, hitting 70 home runs is not normal either now, is it?