You don't book an interview with Oprah to deny something. It's, like, a rule. Lance Armstrong is aware of this, so it looks like he will finally admit to doping during his cycling career in their interview to be taped Monday.
USA Today reports Armstrong will admit to doping during his cycling career to Oprah, but he "probably will not get into great detail about specific cases and events," according to their source. The interview will be taped Monday and air Thursday evening on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The evidence in the interview's announcement sure seemed like Armstrong would admit everything, but it was only speculation until now.
Armstrong was seen as a hero until he was accused of running a highly sophisticated doping ring by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, stripped of his major sponsorships and his seven Tour de France titles. Armstrong laid low for a little under a year until word leaked he was interested in admitting everything. The U.S.A.D.A. were apparently involved in his plan to come clean publicly, so it was strange when they accused Armstrong of trying to pay his way around steroid accusations in 2004.
What's next? A lot of legal battles and settlements. And Armstrong won't be allowed to return to cycling, or any sort of athletic competition, until he's almost 50. But at least he'll come clean, considering he was the most vocal anti-doping advocate for years, so that's what counts.
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