Posted January 05, 2013

Report: Lance Armstrong considering admission of doping

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Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in October. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in October. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping in October, has told associates and antidoping officials that he is considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career, according to several people with direct knowledge of the situation, as reported by Juliet Macur of The New York Times.

Armstrong’s motives for making a public admission include regaining his eligibility to compete in triathlons and running events, and pressure from wealthy supporters of Livestrong to protect his charity from further damage, one person with knowledge of the situation said.

Armstrong, 41, reportedly has been in discussions with the United States Anti-Doping Agency and its chief executive, Travis Tygart, to lift the lifetime ban, according to one person briefed on the situation.

Armstrong is also seeking to meet with David Howman, the director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency, that person said.

When asked if Armstrong might admit to doping, Tim Herman, Armstrong’s longtime lawyer, said: “I do not know about that. I suppose anything is possible, for sure. Right now, that’s really not on the table.”

Herman reportedly denied that Armstrong was talking to Tygart.

Armstrong has long denied allegations of doping and fought investigative efforts, but hundreds of pages of eyewitness testimony, correspondence and financial records presented by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency led to the International Cycling Union and the Tour de France stripping him of his seven titles and his being banned from Olympic competitions.


9 comments
JimGrazis
JimGrazis

if armstrong admits to lying, then he is eminently qualified to be a U.S. senator. he should be seated immediately !!

Marcus
Marcus

“If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck”.

 It appears Lance may finally complete the proverb and "quack".

dlrn64
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Just because he admits it should be no reason to reinstate him. He lied for years, defamed people who told the truth about him, and he made MILLIONS of dollars from his deception. I remember back when SI made him their Sportsman of the Year and all I thought was, "for what? I bet he doped too". It never computed that every other big name cyclist was doping and yet, Armstrong beat them, and claimed it was all because of how hard he trained. He deserves nothing else. He is a fraud to the nth degree.

Bazelope
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This is really disheartening.  Lance may actually admit he doped?  Really?  What's next, O.J. Simpson coming clean to his legions of high school drop out friends who still believe he's innocent??

Bazelope
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When we know you're a liar why do we need you to come out and say, "Okay, I am a liar".  We're not here to make you feel better Lance.  Just fade into obscurity like Nixon did!

playersgm99
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Wonder what all his starch defenders will say when he finally admits to the obvious.....lots of heads coming out of the sand i imagine.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @playersgm99 If/when he does...all these LA apologists who were arguing fervently, calling people names who argued differently, etc should all come on here and apologize!!!