Lance Armstrong Tells Oprah He's Sorry & We Believe Him (Sort of)

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lance armstrongAbout midway through the second half of Lance Armstrong's exclusive anti-doping confession/interview with Oprah Winfrey, I started to think maybe the "disgraced cyclist" (as he's bound to be known for the rest of his life) wasn't really all that sorry for the lies and cheating and betrayal and everything else. Sure, I believed that he was sorry it all had to happen and sorry it ruined his career. But his apology seemed to come from his head, not his heart. There was no raw emotion behind Armstrong's mea culpa, no tears of true remorse ... until, that is, Oprah asked Armstrong how he broke the news to his kids.

That's when Armstrong finally choked up -- telling Oprah about the moment he learned the eldest of his 5 children, 13-year-old Luke, was defending his father's reputation:

“I said, listen, there’s been a lot of questions about your dad, my career, whether I doped or did not dope, and I’ve always denied, I’ve always been ruthless and defiant about that, which is probably why you trusted me, which makes it even sicker. I want you to know it’s true.”

Armstrong also praised his ex-wife Kristin (mom to Luke and Armstrong's 11-year-old twin daughters) for her philosophy, "The truth will set you free." And he seemed genuine in his praise, just as he seemed genuine in his remorse over lying to Luke. Which makes sense, if you think about it. Why would he show honest emotion of any kind towards the professional cycling world when the professional cycling world encouraged him to be dishonest in the first place?

Do you think Lance Armstrong is really, truly sorry for doping?


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jalaz77 jalaz77

Sorry he got caught. He never once thought how this could affect his kids. So many people defended him, including me. Just shows celebrities and athletes will always make the worst role models.

Nycti... Nyctimene

Didn't you just write a Lance article earlier? :-p Ok, you like the guy, you don't care he doped. How many more articles are you going to write defending him? Do we really need multiple articles in a single day about it?

mrswi... mrswillie

I give him credit (little) for finally being honest

NewMo... NewMomma.S

I don't really care that he doped. He's still better than the other cyclists because he is the one who won so many times. They're all doping. If you don't dope you come in last. Maybe it doesn't make him right but it's bull that he's being vilified when most athletes are doing it.

nonmember avatar OhYesIDid

The doping and the lying aren't what bother me. The man destroyed so many lives, and he doesn't regret that. All he regrets is that he got caught. No forgiveness for Lance. May he rot in hell.

godde... goddess99

I think he's sorry he was stripped of his medal.

Miche... MichelleK41

If he wasn't sorry then why bother to admit it. He does not need negative media attention and you know he's sorry, because he knew he would be stripped of his medals once he admitted.

sukainah sukainah

Maybe he's just sorry because he got caught.

count... countrygirlkat

Only he can know how sincere his apology is. 

Venae Venae

Someone said - give him a break - he had cancer - he was just leveling the playing field.  

What a load of crap - a side effect of the drugs is cancer!  So he probably gave it to himself.

May his other testicle rot off and may all those people he sued for lying about him get all their money back and many millions more.


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