In an interview to be aired on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. (on The Oprah Winfrey Network), Lance Armstrong (7-time Tour de France champion), confesses to Oprah Winfrey that he doped during his professional cycling career.
Here's a snippet of what the folks on Twitter are saying about this:
Google News: What might be next for Lance Armstrong post- Oprah confession - Washington Post: ABC News What might... tinyurl.com/bhpx8nv— Steven H. (@stevenh2) January 15, 2013
Cycling could be axed from Olympics over Armstrong doping scandal - IOC member:If Lance Armstrong’s confession... bit.ly/ZUmLlY— Патриот России (@_PatriotRossii) January 15, 2013
Lance Armstrong's emotional confession to Oprah is over and it hasn't even aired yet.— So Over (@So__Over) January 15, 2013
'The weepy, choked-up prodigal son'. Terrific, bitterly cynical take on Lance Armstrong & the business of forgiveness: bit.ly/W7t4lb— Luke Buckmaster (@lukebuckmaster) January 15, 2013
As you can see, it's not going down well.
A lot of people have a dimmer view of Armstrong now, than they've had over the past twenty (20) years.
So is confession really good for the soul?
I say yes, at least Lance Armstrong can now face his 8-year ban with a "clean" slate and sleep better in his bed at nights.
(He faces an 8-year ban for admitting that he doped, but could resume his professional career afterwards, at age 50, which many say is doubtful, due to Armstrong's age, then).
My only question is, why did it take him so long?:
Even after he had to part company with his foundation, Livestrong, for fear that they'd continue to lose sponsors, after Lance's team-mates admitted in October 2012 to the US Anti-Doping Agency, that the entire team, including Armstrong, was doping...
...He vehemently denied that he was doping.
Armstrong has a rocky road ahead though.
He is to face several civil lawsuits - including one by his major sponsor - the US Postal Service, for using performance-enhancing drugs to spur his record seven (7) Tour de France wins.
The US Federal Government is to decide whether or not it will join in the lawsuit, this Thursday, when the interview is to be aired.
Just proves that cheating really doesn't pay...it doesn't...look at the embarrassment that Armstrong has caused on himself, his family, his team-mates, his Foundation and his fans.
(Many thanks to ABC News for the use of their YouTube video above).
1) Lance Armstrong confession tweets on Twitter, January 15,2013,
2) Article,"Lance Armstrong news: Oprah Winfrey discusses doping confession", Los Angeles Times: Sports Now, January 15,2013
3) Article,"11 testified against Lance Armstrong", EPSN Sports: Clycling/BMX, October 11,2012