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
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)

(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.

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Jan 9, 2013 5:40 PM CST
Hey Lance, "You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, Know when to walk away, know when to run." In this instant case, why did you not hold 'em and run very fast !! Now you are getting all mushy and wimpy going on @#@#@ Oprah Show to Confess doping. Riciculous !!! We want to know who forced you to do this Interview and why ???!!! Why??? We know that you already signed a Contract with Big Oprah Incorporated, where you declare under the penalty of perjury that any and all statements made to The Big Oprah and/or her staff members to be true, correct and accurate. FYI, Lance we had fully trusted and believed in you and now this. ((shaking our heads))
Jan 9, 2013 4:47 PM CST
Jan 9, 2013 11:10 AM CST
I didn't know Oprah was still on television. I also could care less about seeing Lance try to dance his way out of his total crash and burn in the public eye.