Lance Armstrong Admits Cheating
Champion cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted in a television interview last night that he cheated in order to win all seven of his Tour de France titles.
Millons of people worldwide watched the interview with great anticipation to see Lance Armstrong finally tell the truth to interviewer Oprah Winfrey. You can see a clip from the interview below and click here to see more.
In the interview Armstrong said, “I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times,” adding, “I am paying the price for it and that’s okay.”
Armstrong fiercely denied for years that he took illegal substances to make him perform better. The evidence against him, however, became overwhelming by last October after an investigation resulted in 200 pages of evidence against him. He was stripped of all his Tour de France titles and Olympic medal after that.
He’s also banned from the competing in cycling for the rest of his life, as well as some triathlons he had more recently begun to compete in. Some are saying he’s confessing now hoping the bans will be lifted.
He was a hero to many people because he overcame cancer … and then went on to win an incredible seven Tour de France titles in a row. He had also started a foundation, LIVESTRONG , that to this day helps many thousands of cancer patients. Mr. Armstrong compared his story to being “mythic” and “perfect” … but one that just wasn’t true.
Mr. Armstrong said about his fans and supporters, “I see the anger in people … and betrayal. These are people that supported me, believed in me … they have every right to feel betrayed.” He also called himself a “jerk” and a “bully”.
He added that his confession was “too late for probably most people and that’s my fault.”
Too late possibly … and many today are saying it also wasn’t enough.
Lance Armstrong is being accused of still lying about how much he bullied others to cheat, and how badly he treated those who tried to tell the truth. Some also argue he downplayed the extent of his cheating in the interview — that it was a much more sophisticated set-up than he’s saying it was. One writer compared it to being a slick James Bond-like operation.
And some people say Lance Armstrong just plain didn’t seem sorry.
But others, like his former teammate Tyler Hamilton and the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart , say at least his admission was a “step in the right direction.” Hamilton, who himself had cheated with Armstrong but had admitted i t a while ago, said about Lance Armstrong’s interview, “He did the right thing finally, it’s never too late to tell the truth.”
Part 2 of the interview airs tonight .
What do you think? Do you think he feels sorry for having cheated … or more for having gotten caught? Should he be forgiven and allowed to compete again?