Armstrong 'Ready to Speak Candidly' to Oprah
Cyclist says he's 'calm' and 'at ease' before interview
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 13, 2013 5:15 PM CST
This Aug. 24, 2009 file photo shows Lance Armstrong during the opening session of the Livestrong Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)

(Newser) – Lance Armstrong says he is "ready to speak candidly" as he prepares to discuss doping allegations against him in his upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong was out for a morning run Sunday when he spoke briefly with the AP. The man who once ruled cycling was wearing a red jersey with black shorts, sunglasses, and a white hat pulled down low over his eyes. He would not divulge what he will tell Winfrey in Monday's interview that is scheduled to air Thursday.

He said from the side of the road: "I'm calm, I'm at ease and ready to speak candidly. I hope we'll talk for a couple of hours." International TV crews are arriving in the hilly neighborhood in West Austin. A person with knowledge of the situation has told the AP that Armstrong will give a limited confession and apologize. It will be his first public response to a US Anti-Doping Agency report accusing him of using banned drugs to win the Tour de France. In the past, Armstrong has strongly denied doping.

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piankeshaw
Jan 14, 2013 7:59 AM CST
At best, it will be a PR stunt to gain back some sponsors. I expect nothing of any substance and no contrition.
Wileybill
Jan 14, 2013 5:17 AM CST
Everyone knows he was "doping", and yes any and every sponsor will pick him right back up - nobody gives a shit about ethics when money is concerned, just look at the NFL- full of drug dealers, animal torturers and women abusers. What I'd like to hear someone ask him is- doesn't he know the stuff he was using probably caused his cancers in the first place? A great story of triumph there, give yourself enough carcinogens to cheat at sports to get rich enough to to afford doctors and treatments ethical people won't get, with plenty enough left over to buy all the publicity you need to push a bullshit story to the media to get sympathy and more money. Yeah, that's a lesson I want to teach my kids. If the guy was some jerk off just hitting the gym he'd already be in prison.
Twiny
Jan 13, 2013 9:42 PM CST
So, the lying sack of shit will admit that he's a lying sack of shit and beg forgiveness so he can try and get back into sports again? What team would have him? Certainly not any team that would like to be regarded as credible.