Armstrong to Appear on Oprah Next Week

Plus: Disgraced cyclist 'offered $250K to anti-doping body'

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 9, 2013 12:01 AM CST | Updated Jan 9, 2013 12:28 AM CST

(Newser) – Lance Armstrong is rumored to be ready to confess to drug use—and it could happen on Oprah's show. The disgraced cyclist will give a "no-holds-barred" interview to Oprah Winfrey that will air on her network next week, CNN reports. In his first formal interview since he was banned from the sport and stripped of his titles for doping, Armstrong will "address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career," the network says in a statement.

In a 60 Minutes Sports interview to be aired tonight, the chief of the US Anti-Doping Agency says an Armstrong representative offered to donate around $250,000 to the agency, reports the New York Times. Travis Tygart, who accuses Armstrong of trying to intimidate former teammates, says the 2004 offer represented a clear conflict of interest. "We had no hesitation in rejecting that offer," he says. Tygart says he received death threats during his organization's investigation of Armstrong.

Armstrong has agreed to a televised interview with Oprah that will air next week and will address allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.
Armstrong has agreed to a televised interview with Oprah that will air next week and will address allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.   (AP Photos/File)
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