According to an unidentified source, the AP reported Lance Armstrong confessed in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his racing career that lead to seven Tour De France wins.
Is anyone really surprised at that? This my friends is a well planned media event to boost the ratings of a sagging network, feed the ego of two attention starved celebrities and give Lance a chance to “act like a human,” on national TV (sort of).
Oprah is still one of the most powerful women in the entertainment industry, however her OWN Network is a third tire network, that seems to flutter in mediocrity, no matter how much “juice” Oprah puts behind it.
Right after the Armstrong interview, Winfrey tweeted: "Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong. More than 2 1/2 hours. He came READY!"
Suddenly Oprah is on something other than the cover of her own magazine. Oprah is scheduled to appear on "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday(today) to discuss the interview. . “Isn’t she an amazing investigative reporter? She should have a new show called “Confessions.”
Public relations working like a well oiled machines. Both egos were fed.
If the “unidentified source” aka, agent, PR person, make up artist, is correct and Armstrong did admit to doping, how much of an admission is what counts. Purely admitting that he doped and he is sorry is about as sincere as President Clinton admitting he did try marijuana, but “didn’t inhale.”
When did he start, why did he start, how often did he do it, does he think it made that much of a difference, who knew, did he make his team mates do it, if so, how many people were in on the plan, did some Tour official know, if they did, what kept them quiet, if you did cheat, how long did you think you were going to get away with it, are you going to give back the millions of dollars that people are saying you now owe them, what does this do to your name as a cancer spokesperson, how do you explain this to your kids, what’s next?
Those are the real questions that need to be and may never be answered. If Oprah went that deep and Lance put on his “honesty pants,” then I will be the first to do the “I was wrong dance.”
"I don't know what he said to Oprah, but I think he has to be completely honest and transparent about this whole thing, and who aided and abetted him, to USADA and" the World Anti-Doping Agency", said Betsy Andreu, wife of Frank Andreu, a former teammate of Armstrong one of his most persistent critics.
"While there may be civil issues implicated by whatever he said in the interview, from a federal criminal liability perspective, this case appears to be quite different from the Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens cases, where Bonds and Clemens both testified under oath — Bonds before a federal grand jury and Clemens before Congress," former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart said to the AP.
"Although grand jury investigations are secret, Mr. Armstrong appears to have heeded his counsel's advice and did not testify under oath. Although the Justice Department also has the authority to charge someone for lying to federal investigators even if they are not under oath — under the federal false statement statute — it would be surprising if he ever agreed to speak with investigators or the DOJ."
The complete interview is scheduled to air Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey Network's "Oprah's Next Chapter" and streamed live on Oprah.com at 9 p.m. ET.. Will you be watching? Do you think this is going to change anything in the Lance Drama? Does this change your opinion of Lance Armstrong one way or another.