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Lance Armstrong Reportedly Confesses to Oprah: What Should Happen Next?

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles for taking performance enhancement drugs. He continued, however, to protest his innocence. He is now reportedly confessing that he did, in fact, dope in order to win.

Several media outlets are quoting an AP source that claims seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has now confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he did in fact take performance enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. 

Oprah confirmed the confession in an appearance on CBS News Tuesday morning.

"I'm sitting here now because it's already been confirmed," she said.

Armstrong was stripped of all his titles last year despite vehemently protesting his innocence all the way through. If Armstrong did indeed admit to doping in his interview with Oprah, that admission will stand in stark contradiction to the statement he tweeted just prior to losing last year: 

I have been notified that USADA, an organization largely funded by taxpayer dollars but governed only by self-written rules, intends to again dredge up discredited allegations dating back more than 16 years to prevent me from competing as a triathlete and try and strip me of the seven Tour de France victories I earned. These are the very same charges and the same witnesses that the Justice Department chose not to pursue after a two-year investigation. These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity. Although USADA alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy extended over more than 16 years, I am the only athlete it has chosen to charge. USADA’s malice, its methods, its star-chamber practices, and its decision to punish first and adjudicate later all are at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play.

I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one. That USADA ignores this fundamental distinction and charges me instead of the admitted dopers says far more about USADA, its lack of fairness and this vendetta than it does about my guilt or innocence.

Armstrong enjoyed widespread public support prior to losing his titles, in part because of his battle against cancer and his charitable efforts with LIVESTRONG

Armstrong's interview will air in two parts, at 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday on the Oprah Winfrey Network and on Oprah.com, according to a press release.

So if he has indeed now admitted that all that was a lie and he did in fact participate in doping, what do you think should happen to him? Should he face perjury charges and should he refund prize money and endorsement payments?

"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 15, 2013 at 07:25 PM
I think he should officially change his name from Sir "Lance" A lot to Sir "Dope" A lot!!! And he should also be made to voluntarily teach a class to kids on the negatives of any drug(legal or illegal)
Michelle Kye January 15, 2013 at 08:52 PM
I'll be interested to see Oprah's interview with him. I think he is a narcissist who lost touch with what was really important, and not just in competition. Athletes who cheat let us all down.
Roberta Fuss January 16, 2013 at 01:25 AM
who even cares any more?
Roberta Fuss January 16, 2013 at 01:26 AM
who even cares anymore?
None January 16, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Mr. Armstrong has now come forward and admitted that he has been a liar all the time, he is a cheater and has misrepresented himself to anyone who would listen to him. I hope he has to forfeit any and all the money he has obtained from engaging in any “Sporting Activities.” Using illegal substances to further your athletic ability is illegal, it should be at any level of competition and it should never be condoned by our society. What is the difference at what level a cheater competes with others who do not use these substances or methods?
Joanne McCloskey January 16, 2013 at 03:22 PM
What a surprise!!!
Roberta Fuss January 16, 2013 at 03:37 PM
and this comment goes for ALL of the "Drug Enhanced" athletes out there. Prior to your "coming out", kids and adults everywhere revered and looked up to you for your accomplishments. now that it is known that you didn't do it alone, it gives credence to those same kids and adults that using drugs is ok - look what it can get you! no wonder we have a drug use crisis in this country!
Gary W Smith January 16, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Another in the 'cult of personality' created by media, advertising, product placement and all the things that are MATERIAL, plunges from artifical stardom and the pursuit of hype. And we are suprised, we want vengance, we feel betrayed. On one hand, media and advertising made him; on the other hand it celebrates his failure - I find that quite self-serving. As to Lance Armstrong's ego, life goals, private life - it is now become his private hell and he needs to live in it until he finds out how to step out of it and be the person he started out to be. There was much good that came from activities associated with Lance in spite of the disappointment, which is transitory until the next artifical 'star' falls from grace. Is there not a lesson for us here; not just Lance.
Wendy Grace January 16, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Why is the media only targeting Armstrong. Why not mention "all" the competitors names as a whole since about 85% of them are taking drugs as well. Just a thought...
Gary W Smith January 16, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Wendy - excellent comment. I submit the 'cult of personality' aspect. The others were workers, associates or team-members but the structure of the media hype only points out the guy who won and its beam of focus is narrow, limiting, deceitful; its narrowness is its failure to serve the community as the 4th Estate should serve the community.
navigio January 16, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Yeah, he could show them his balance sheet where it shows his net worth to be $100 million, give or take a few. :-P
navigio January 16, 2013 at 04:19 PM
They have targeted others as well (many on his former team have been banned), we just dont care much about most of those. Lance is a huge name and is a selling headline.
Debby Gabriel January 16, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Not for us to judge and condemn
Bil Paul January 16, 2013 at 05:38 PM
My personal opinion is that his lying was worse than his doping. I worked in Postal Service PR when Lance was racing for the USPS, and I wonder if anyone in the USPS at that time knew that their team was winning partly because of chemicals.
None January 16, 2013 at 05:42 PM
If it’s not appropriate for anyone to judge and condemn, are we supposed to just observe, condone and shut up? It’s been far too long now that our society has just sat back and doesn’t care to make a comment on what is happening around us. If the commentary upsets you, don’t read it. What is so noble about a cheater and a liar being the target of some negative commentary?
Vivian January 16, 2013 at 07:59 PM
I have to believe that he has ulterior motives.He would not confess if he didn't have a motive. Sneaks and cheaters are always the same. He has already figured out something else to sell, or compete in... to build or to invest in. I think he should return all of the money from the awards to begin with and let the people who supported him decide what "punishment" he should have.
Gary W Smith January 16, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Vivian. That would be called mob rule. In the society in which you reside, it would be unacceptable by you; ergo it is unacceptable for Lance to let people decide the punishment. Allow the legal system to operate, obtain justice for the injured in this case, and build a platform by which all persons can reach a conclusion within the morals and ethics of a reasonable society.
upptick January 16, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Isn't this rich...Armstrong actively campaigned and even sued people for "false accusations" related to his doping and now he wants forgiveness for lying all this time? The guy needs to be prosecuted for fraud and conspiracy and exposed for the criminal that he is.
Gene Jones January 17, 2013 at 02:45 AM
One of the main reason is probably the all the sponsorship had dried up.
Vivian January 17, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Gary - I was thinking that the people who supported him have the choice to sue him or other legal recourse.. Not stoning or mob rule. Yes let the legal system operate and obtain justice. Thanks.
Reality Check January 17, 2013 at 02:53 PM
20+ years of harrangment. Surprised lance didn't off himself like that RSS 1.0 kid. And you idiots think I'm kidding.
Reality Check January 17, 2013 at 02:57 PM
opera, what a joke
Reality Check January 17, 2013 at 02:59 PM
opera is a JOKE! how much military service has OPERA done?
Reality Check January 17, 2013 at 02:59 PM
prolly cant even LIFT a friggin AR-15
Reality Check January 17, 2013 at 03:03 PM
you want to talk about lances contracts? How about we talk about YOUR CONTRACTS first. While you punish the likes of Lance and Martha, you ignore the true nightmare. oath breaking. That's it man, nothing else to say.
Beate Brühl January 18, 2013 at 05:27 AM
"Reality Check" needs a reality check: what does Oprah's interview with Lance Armstrong have to do with "military service", and AR 15s? She's a business woman and entertainer.
John Herby Hancock January 18, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Why did it have to be Oprah doing the interview. Now I'll never know....I refuse to watch that hag!
"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 18, 2013 at 11:17 PM
I just saw Mr. Cheater himself, Lance Armstrong on Oprah and boy this time he was really eating "CROWE"!!! Maybe he can contact Rapper Snoop dog and cut a song called "Sippin on Schwinn and Juice" With his mind on his money and his money on his mind!!

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