It probably will not come as a shock to most of the population that has been paying attention to the saga for any length of time, but Fox Sports reports on January 15, 2013, that Lance Armstrong admitted to doping during his cycling career to gain advantage over his competitors on the way to winning 7 straight Tour de France Titles.
The admission during the taping of the interview was then followed by an apology by Armstrong to the Livestrong Foundation.
The cyclist was stripped of his Tour titles, lost most of his endorsements and was forced to leave Livestrong last year after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued a 1,000-page report that accused him of masterminding a long-running doping scheme.
Winfrey’s interview was one of the biggest for OWN since she launched the network in 2011. She said she went into the session with 112 questions ready to go. Not all of them were asked, she said. Speaking on ''CBS This Morning,'' Winfrey said Tuesday she was, “...sitting here now because it's already been confirmed”. The session was to be broadcast on Thursday but Winfrey said it will now run in two parts over two nights because there is so much material. The second part will air Friday night.
After the confession airs, one thing is for certain, courts will be filled up quickly.
- The London-based Sunday Times, has already filed a lawsuit to recover about $500,000 it paid him to settle a libel case.
- Dallas-based SCA Promotions, which tried to deny Armstrong a promised bonus for a Tour de France win, has threatened to bring another lawsuit seeking to recover more than $7.5 million awarded by an arbitration panel.
- In Australia, the government of South Australia state said Tuesday it will seek the repayment of several million dollars in appearance fees paid to Armstrong for competing in the Tour Down Under in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
- Former teammate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for doping, has filed a federal whistle-blower lawsuit that accused Armstrong of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service.
- An attorney familiar with Armstrong's legal problems told the AP that the Justice Department is highly likely to join the lawsuit from Landis.
- Potential perjury charges stemming from Armstrong's sworn testimony in the 2005 arbitration fight would not apply because of the statute of limitations. Armstrong was not deposed during the federal investigation that was closed last year.
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