Cyclist Lance Edward Armstrong is reportedly going to admit doping when he appears as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Network next week, Thursday, January 17. The New York Times revealed that Armstrong would have a “limited confession” on Oprah’s show.
Armstrong, 41, has repeatedly denied doping in the past, but in 2012, he was stripped of all the titles he had won during his Tour de France stints when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) found out that he was using performance-enhancing drugs. He was also banned from the cycling competition for life in which the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has jurisdiction. This ban has not just affected his ability to compete in the Tour de France. It also hurts his ability to earn income by appearing in various triathlons events.
There were some reports that he wanted to redeem himself through his confession and cooperation so he could participate in other sports like triathlon or running events. This doesn’t appear likely at this point.
Armstrong, reportedly, did not confirm, though, whether he would indeed confess or not, but he said that he would be answering Oprah Winfrey’s questions “directly, honestly and candidly.”
Armstrong currently has several pending legal cases against him. A company in Dallas wanted to recover the bonus money they awarded him when he won the Tour de France. Still, another case is being filed by his former teammate, Floyd Landis, claiming that a cover-up by the U.S. Postal Service Team Director, Johan Bruyneel, was designed to conceal Armstrong’s positive results.
Armstrong did not contest the charges filed on July 10, 2012 by USADA. This means that he agrees with the USADA’s sanction, and that he accepts the lifetime ban and loss of all Tour de France titles.
Tim Herman, Armstrong’s lawyer, denied though that Armstrong would confess to Oprah Winfrey. Herman added that it won’t be a secret should Armstrong decide to say something.