On the second portion of Oprah’s interview with disgraces cyclist, Lance Armstrong his demeanor was much of the same. Even when saying he thinks he deserves a second chance, he did so with the manipulative arrogance he’s always displayed.
Lance Armstrong has denied that he cheated during his Tour de France years by doping for more than a decade. When faced with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s findings that he did use performance enhancing drugs, Armstrong continued to deny he cheated.
After the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced their ruling, Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France wins. He lost several sponsors, and was stripped of his Olympic Bronze medal.
However, when asked if he thought he should be allowed to compete again. Armstrong defiantly answered that he should be given a second chance.
“This may not be the most popular answer, but I think I deserve it. If I could go back to that time and say, ‘Ok, you’re trading my story for a six month suspension?’ Because that’s what people got.”
Wanting to clarify his answer, Oprah asked, “What other people got?”
Lance Armstrong vehemently contends that other cyclists that were caught doping were given six month suspensions. He received a lifelong ban and thinks he should have received the same punishment.
Armstrong went on to say that, “So I got a death penalty and they got six months. I’m not saying that’s unfair, necessarily, but I’m saying it’s different.”
Lance Armstrong said that it was when he found out that his son who is only 13 was defending him that made him want to come clean.
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