Despite a looming mountain of legal obstacles, Lance Armstrong is considering admitting he doped during his professional cycling career in an effort to restart his career as a triathlete, according to a New York Times report.
The New York Times' Juliet Macur reports Armstrong has begun to look at what a public doping confession would mean for him. He's reportedly already sat down with one member of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to negotiate lessening his current lifetime ban from athletics. His lawyer denied this much to the Times, the Associated Press, and the Wall Street Journal. Reviving his running and triathlon career is apparently one of his biggest motivations, along with restoring some of his good name. Saving Livestrong, the charity organization he quit amid doping allegations to try and save, is another motivating factor.
But the potential legal battles might keep him from coming clean at all. The British Sunday Times is suing Armstrong over a libel payment. Armstrong sued the paper after they printed accusations he was doping. (Awkward.) There's also a lawsuit from former teammate Floyd Landis, and one of their sponsors is looking to recoup years of money given to the team with the explicit understanding they weren't doping. (Awkward.)