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Lance Armstrong admits to doping, lying, bullying

Last night, CNN aired part one of Oprah Winfrey’s interview with American cyclist Lance Armstrong. Here’s an excerpt:

Oprah Winfrey: Did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance?
Lance Armstrong: “Yes.”
Was one of those banned substances EPO?
“Yes.”
Did you ever blood dope or use blood transfusions to enhance your cycling performance?
“Yes.”
Did you ever use any other banned substances such as testosterone, cortisone or Human Growth Hormone?
“Yes.”
In all seven of your Tour de France victories, did you ever take banned substances or blood dope?
“Yes.”

Armstrong critics say he is still spinning the story, and only made a partial confession. From the interview, it was apparent that Armstrong was still blaming others. He was doping, he said, because everyone was doing it.

In fact, he said that he developed a “ruthless and relentless” attitude when he was diagnosed at cancer at age 25. My guess is that Armstrong’s ruthlessness and relentlessness, along with his lying and bullying, are not the result of cancer.

For extensive coverage on CNN, see:

‘Deeply flawed’ Lance Armstrong admits using performance-enhancing drugs

The second part of the Oprah Winfrey interview airs tonight on CNN.

UPDATE:

Thanks to the Lovefraud reader Aeylah for finding this great article by sportswriter Dan Wetzel. He says:

It’s not about the bike, indeed. This was about Lance’s sociopathic spectacle.

Read Lance Armstrong, arrogant and unaware, did little to repair his image in mea culpa with Oprah, on sports.Yahoo.com.

 

 


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I was on a long drive this morning and had the radio tuned to CBC.

The interviewer was speaking with a sports journalist. The topic was about how so many athletes are held up as role models and they shouldn’t be (and how the journalists themselves have contributed to this). The current athlete in discussion was the “Blade Runner” who is up on charges for murder. However, that was not what caught my attention…and empathy. The journalist admitted that he had also fallen into the media trap of making these guy’s heroes in the media etc….and the topic turned to Lance Armstrong.

This journalist knew Lance Armstrong…and he wrote a column in a national (I think U.S. publication) with the heading “I believe Lance”. When the truth came out, he was astonished. (He also referred to a book he had written, but sorry…I don’t remember the title).

But it was his last comment in the interview – a successful and skilled journalist, remember…that got me.

He said, “I’ll never believe anything I read again”.

It almost sounded like it was said ‘under his breath’…a spontaneous comment of sadness and betrayal.

The interview ended and the ‘musack’ came on…the interviewer didn’t comment…but what this journalist said, and how he said it stayed with me…even now I’m back home hours later.

The written word is this man’s livelihood and passion…..and his belief has been shattered.

Shelley

Shelly, I also saw where the US gov’t has joined the suit for 31 million dollars that he “cheated” and got with his doping, lying and bullying. I personally hope they bankrupt him.

It makes me sad when “sports heroes” and singers and actors and crooks make mega millions like gods and teachers and others who work for the public good are paid pennies.

Look at OJ, and dozens of other “heroes” who think, it appears, that they are gods and treat others with violent contempt.

Good News for Lance Armstrong’s victims….

“…An arbitration panel ordered Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corp. to pay $10 million in a fraud dispute with a promotions company for what it called an ‘unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy’ that covered up his use of performance-enhancing drugs…”

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