Lance Armstrong's Oprah Interview May Have Included a Big Fat Lie

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lance armstrong on oprahWow, just wow. As if it Lance Armstrong's confessions about doping weren't bad enough, now, investigators told ABC News today that the cyclist may have blatantly lied to Oprah during their super-hyped Thursday night interview. What the ...?!

As you probably heard or saw, he admitted to O for the first time that he was taking performance-enhancing drugs and oxygen-boosting blood transfusions throughout his decade-long career and to help him score seven wins in the Tour de France. To Oprah, Armstrong wanted to confess to everything he had done wrong, including his denial of reports that he had doped. But investigators say that during this big chance to come 100 percent clean, Armstrong was actually untruthful about when he stopped doping.

Armstrong said the last time he used was 2005, and he even noted how upset he was by the accusation that he was doping beyond that. To quote:

That's the only thing in this whole report that upset me. The accusation and alleged proof that they said I doped [in 2009] is not true. The last time I crossed the line, that line was 2005.

Oprah clarified, "You did not do a blood transfusion in 2009?" To which Armstrong responded, "No, 2009 and 2010 absolutely not." Okay, then. But investigators said today that the cyclist's blood values in the 2009 race showed clear blood manipulation consistent with two transfusions -- of mature red blood cells.

It's kinda befuddling, right? If you're going to go to the extent of going on TV and sitting down with Oprah to admit you totally screwed up, why only come 80 percent clean? Why undermine all of your confessions and apologies by not telling the whole truth?

Well, investigators say that Armstrong's lying about the 2009 race may be an effort to protect himself criminally. If federal authorities are goign to prosecute criminal cases, they look back at the "last overt act" in which the crime was committed. And if Armstrong last doped in '05, not '09, the statute of limitations may have expired on potential criminal activity. Oh. Boy.

For now, there's no whisper of any sort of criminal investigation being reopened (although he still faces at least three civil suits). But who knows ... Seems to me that if he really was blatantly lying to Oprah, even if there are expired statutues of limitation, investigators will find a way to nail him on this. If he really did sit there on national TV and lie AGAIN, then just ... wow ... it's straight-up cringe-worthy to think that he could get away with it.

Can you believe this?! Do you think he lied?

 

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nonmember avatar Cass

I really couldn't care less at this point. The guy cheated for the praise and glory- why are you giving him more attention now? Let him fade into the background, disgraced.

nonmember avatar kevobx

By the way, the world is kicking him downward, and still prospering off his demise, being judges of good and evil. How do they discern. *Malachi 3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Angela Haverstock

hmmmm. a known liar lied...I am shocked! Shocked! This guy needs to stop getting any air time or attention.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Yea, it's time to drop this subject, along with the Kardashians, Lyndsey Lohan...

babyb... babybluejess12

Oh please Lance Armstrong is not the only doper in cycling. He was just the best of the dopers

Maias... MaiasMommy619

Almost all of those cyclists are dopers.. Not just him. He was just a very rich and famous doper and got told on. I am so over him. I don't even care anymore.

Tom Weinland

Liar, Liar, Liar, Liar, Liar - Pants have burned off a long time ago!!

abra819 abra819

Lance fartstrong

jjmom42 jjmom42

Oh, I am not going to be a popular poster I am afraid.  I would be sad if he continued to lie, especially knowing how he has hurt so many in this life already - best to just get it all out on the table.  However, I just can't stop thinking about something I read in the bible, He who is without sin cast the first stone.  It is easy to sit and judge, but I kow I would not want my past being talked about in the public.  I have learned, grown and I have to at the very least applaud him for going public.  I don't live his live and I certainly do not 'truly' understand his motives.  Nevertheless, his life, for the moment is ruined and hopefully he will learn and grow from here - I just hope that forgiveness is available to him in the future when (I am being hopeful here) he turns his life around.  I feel sorry for his kids, mom and friends.  I know I supported him from the beginning and feel betrayed but I will still extend grace in his direction since I am not the final judge.  Everyone has to begin somewhere and at least this was a start.

Melan... MelanieJK

It does seem like this sport developed a culture of doping,   at least in the top tier.     That doesn't excuse him for doing it but it does suggest that he wasn't necessarily getting an unfair advantage with it.  


If they're all doping it's still a "fair" competion.    However,   it may still be a competition to see who can get the best dope or use it best not who's the best bicyclist when they're evenly doped.


I don't think you trust anything he says at this point.    To some degree most of his lies were just lies required to protest the original lie but when someone lies like this it becomes a habit.

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