According to a report from USAToday.com late Friday night, Tour de France legend Lance Armstrong is planning an admission about doping throughout his cycling career in an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The interview is scheduled to tape on Monday at Armstrong’s home in Austin, Texas and will air on Thursday on Winfrey’s OWN Network. And while Armstrong isn’t likely to shed too many details about of any illegal substances he took, there is a great sense of anticipation towards his possible confession.
Read below to hear some reaction to report of Lance Armstrong’s forthcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“Going on Oprah to get sympathy, he is a loser and doper and a liar, no different than any other druggie out there!” – Mitch Arter, AolSportingNews.com
“At best, he deserves a reduced sentence from lifetime ban to 50 years. In short, he wanted to be an example while breaking rules, pressuring others to break the rules & dope as well as abusing his power and money to persecute those who tried to blow the whistle. His word was never any good and you can ask those who rode with him when he was an up and coming kid. You can ask his wife he willingly broke his vows and walked out on being a father....it is all about him, so let him be the example....of what not to do as well as letting people know, everyone deserves forgiveness, but forgiveness does not always provide the clean slate. You are a felon, you lose certain rights. He is a broken civil and criminal laws with willful intent and the only reason he would come clean is to eliminate the sentence. Sorry Lance, as an adult you were never a winner, just a kid who had all the gifts to be one and sadly a lack of integrity to truly be one.” – Sports & Integrity, NYTimes.com
“My question is, "Why do people keep defending and/or justifying his behavior?"
Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, he has done has been honest. This man has no integrity, I don't even believe him when he says he had cancer.” – LilRockDiva, HuffingtonPost.com
“I actually feel bad for this guy.” – Lizzie Wilde, AolSportingNews.com
“Lance is considering confessing in order to resume his athletic career? How about coming clean for the sake of your own conscience, Lance? How about coming clean for the sake of the sport, the fans, the sponsors, the patients, the donors?” – Tamara, NYTimes.com
“I'm amazed that people actually think they can get away with doping when they allow others to know what they're doing. He deserves all of the disrespect he's gotten since this thing blew wide open.” – Erma Jean, AolSportingNews.com
“he is only confessing so that he can compete again. Tell you what, if he did dope, he will likely become the ultimate whistle blower.
Also, when I bought my $4k bike, I hadn't the idea this was a sport in which everyone doped: this would explain my last place finishes. Grrr” – CirJeffrey, HuffingtonPost.com
“Spare us the attempt at an old fashioned human interest story. Lance Armstrong is a proven liar and cheat. 'Niuf said.” – Mike, NYTimes.com
“Doping is not acceptable, but still gives him the credit for fighting cancer and the strong will to compete for seven times” – Janice Chan, AolSportingNews.com
“I think it's safe to assume that there's a lucrative book deal in the works for Lance Armstrong.” – Kanook67, HuffingtonPost.com
“We don't need no stinkin' admissions!
We don't need LA's total lack of credibility to bolster what we already know.
We don't need his admission as much as he needs it.
LA can admit guilt all he wants, it will just demonstrate his opportunistic character to benefit from what should have long since been forthcoming: a timely and honest apology for the sake of healing those hurt, not for his own sake.” – Christopher Hall, NYTimes.com