The Armstrong interview

January 18th, 2013 at 5:39 pm by David Farrar

Well I think he is still lying. If the interview was part of a plan of redemption, I don’t think it will work.

I simply don’t believe him over stuff such as the 2001 $250,000 donation to the ICU. He says he doesn’t like them and has no reason to defend them. But he has a reason to lie – he could face bribery charges if he admitted to it.

He seemed barely contrite over his treatment of people such as Emma O’Reilly whom he sued and called a whore and alcoholic. He says he has tried to contact her, and I noted he e-mailed just before the interview a journalist he had lied to many times (and had been one of his big defenders). To me this looks like it is all part of an organised campaign. Do the interview. Then send out unspecific apologies just before the interview airs. In the interview admit to just what you have to, and don’t give any significant details.

The second part will be interesting, but I suspect the first part had the most significant stuff. I don’t think there’s enough there for any sporting body to even start to consider a path back for Armstrong.

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29 Responses to “The Armstrong interview”

  1. Mark (1,460 comments) says:

    you would have to think he may face at a minimum Perjury charges given some of the defamation suits etc. Expect the media he sued to go after him.

    Armstrong does not appear sorry however. he is probably sorry he was caught

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  2. tvb (4,302 comments) says:

    Vanity vanity all is vanity. This man has an ego the size of Mpunt Rushmore. Armstrong probably thinks he should be carved into it for his services to sport.

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  3. Truthiz (185 comments) says:

    he is just a piece of garbage that needs to be flushed …

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  4. Yogibear (359 comments) says:

    A cynical manipulation aimed at mainstream America from a man who still believes he can make it to the White House.

    Liestrong at its finest. Admit to doping to 2005 as the statute of limitations is passed but deny doping on your 2009 and 2010 comeback (who really believes a clean Armstrong in his late 30s makes the TdF podium?).

    This is more than just an issue for sports. I’ll give good odds on a run for Congress in 2 years.

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  5. TM (99 comments) says:

    All he is doing is trying to protect his future commercial interests. He knows his sporting record is shot to bits. It’s a last ditch effort to salvage something.

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  6. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    Which star is next to fall?
    My money is on a freakishly fast Jamaican sprinter with a chemist for a ‘coach’…

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  7. Yogibear (359 comments) says:

    Longknives – it’s an interesting question. Operation Puerto is still playing out in the Spanish courts so my pick is its someone from the Fuentes stable.

    Next time someone says cycling is full of drug cheats, agree, but ask them this question:

    What do numerous Tour de France riders, Real Madrid, some Barca players and Rafael Nadal have in common?

    1: They are all men.
    2: They all share the same gynaecologist

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  8. Enzo (44 comments) says:

    Mark at 5:49, Apparently he is outside the statute of limitations.

    What a creep he came across as. One thing I’ll say though is the guy who took drugs with Armstrong then turned on him for the sake of a book deal is a special kind of cretin too. Armstrong got away with cheating for a very long time and a lot of people failed to speak out until it benefited them. Real integrity would have been to refuse to take part and blow the whistle at the earliest possible opportunity. The whole sport is rotten to the core. A real pity.

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  9. Pete George (23,413 comments) says:

    This does place even more question marks over many sportspeople. Denials don’t seem to stand for much at all, neither does active defense.

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  10. Chuck Bird (4,818 comments) says:

    I wonder what David Bain’s fan club think of Lance Armstrong.

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  11. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Well I always thought that it was too good to be true – and it was.

    I know a cyclist who was uop there and he says armstrong has a makeup artist on the staff. He never knew why – but now he knows – to cover up the needle marks.

    The guy should now top himself and do the rest of us a favour.

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  12. BlairM (2,310 comments) says:

    The guy should now top himself and do the rest of us a favour.

    Really? Over something as silly as sport?

    The man rode bicycles for a living, and raced other people on bicycles to see who was faster. I couldn’t give a flying fuck whether he took drugs to be faster than other people on bicycles. It seems like the most trivial thing on earth.

    barry – next time you break a nail, why don’t you top yourself and do the rest of us a favour?

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  13. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    The guy should now top himself and do the rest of us a favour

    bit OTT Bazz, like Blair says.

    There are several NZ Olympians from a couple of decades back who do not want any whistle blowing going on, NZ is not immune to drugs for success. This I know.

    Steroids were everywhere

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  14. Yogibear (359 comments) says:

    Blair – while Barry’s comment may be a little over the top, the Armstrong case is more than little boys cheating and riding bikes fast.

    He arranged for journalists to be sacked (Kimmage, Andreu, Browne). He ruined people’s careers (Anderson, Bassons, Simeoni). He pushed people out of the industry (Greg LeMond). He lied to thousands of people fighting cancer. He’s been investigated for postal fraud, racketeering, tax evasion, drug trafficking, and bribery.

    By your logic, Al Capone was a humble purveyor of refreshing beverages.

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  15. iMP (2,349 comments) says:

    Totally agree DPF. This cyco/psycho is a complete narcissist. Oprah, go back into retirement.

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  16. Left Right and Centre (2,910 comments) says:

    How is it possible that he wasn’t stopped while he was ‘winning’ 99-05?

    How is that bloody possible? That’s what gets me. Someone should’ve blown the lid off drug cheating at the time…

    It just seems so insane that nothing was done while all of it was going on at the time. Seven years of it man… holy hell.

    Same as Jimmy Saville… hundreds of victims they reckon… so how is it possible that he got away with all of that while he was alive…. for decades!! I don’t get it… I really don’t. Makes zero sense to me.

    What a crazy crazy bloody society… that’s unbelievable… incredible….

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  17. BlairM (2,310 comments) says:

    By your logic, Al Capone was a humble purveyor of refreshing beverages.

    Well actually…

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  18. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    So, what about the second place getter, third place getter, in fact the top 20 in the Tour de France in the last 15 years? Do you seriously think that they were all innocent of drug cheating?
    It’s a bit like the Ben Johnson affair all over again. Armstrong’s the fall guy because he was the winner, but odds are the whole sport was corrupt.

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  19. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,823 comments) says:

    Well if Bill Clinton can come back I’m sure Lance Armstrong will get through this.

    I’d rather watch Isle of Man TT racing.

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  20. wreck1080 (3,848 comments) says:

    I read a science based article a few years back on why Lance must be on performance enhancing drugs. Something to do with impossibly high blood oxygen levels needed to go up a mountain as fast as he did.

    How about a doping olympics? Could be fun to watch .

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  21. Colville (2,228 comments) says:

    Did Oprah pay him for the interview?

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  22. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    How about a doping olympics?

    We have that already.

    I think many people are very naive about their sporting heroes. Drugs are common place and in many sports you have to take them in order to compete at the top level. I am sure our precious Valerie Adams is using performance enhancing drugs. She can bench 160 kg and it is very unlikely she got there without some help. Her over the top reaction and dramatics towards Ostapchuk also raise suspicion.

    The silly thing is that the drugs do not give you an advantage anymore. You simply need them to compete on a level playing field. If all cyclists stopped taking drugs, Armstrong would have won just the same. But he had to take them to compete with all the other drug enhanced cyclists.

    Of course none of this matters. Armstrong rode push bikes for a living and Adams throws heavy balls. It is all games.

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  23. Yogibear (359 comments) says:

    Kea. Agree totally. I often like to wind rugby fans up on their delusions of clean sport.

    The test is quite simple. Everyone acknowledges that South African rugby was riddled with steroids before reintegration. Francois Pinaar even wrote about it in his book. Look at the players now. Have the gotten smaller? Slower? Less powerful? If anything they have maintained their levels but got leaner which means they have more endurance.

    Similarly the Aussie Open tennis final last year was brilliant. But those guys were still running down shots and smashing ferocious winners at the 4 hour mark. In that heat? After a 2 week tournament? Not normal.

    As far as NZ goes I have to say my biggest doubts are over Lisa Carrington, not Val. Carrington came from nowhere to be the best in the world in less than a year. Generally if its too good to be true it probably is.

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  24. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Yogibear, yeah rugby fans don’t take kindly to the suggestion their precious AB’s may be getting a little help.

    I think they may as well allow performance enhancing drugs and be done with it. The current situation is that athletes with sophisticated doping regimes overseen by the best doctors, know how to cycle the drugs and avoid detection. Ostapchuk was let down by her team in this regard. She would have had no choice but to take drugs, being on a national team in a former USSR socialist regime.

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  25. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    I didn’t see the interview but I suspect Oprah didn’t ask the following question:

    If you had not been outed as a cheat and a liar, would you have agreed to this interview and would you have confessed to doping?

    I think we all know the answer.

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  26. NoCash (257 comments) says:

    @ross69

    In a way they did. They were talking about his comeback was the turning point and Armstrong said that had he not come back from his retirement in 2009, he wouldn’t be here doing the interview.

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  27. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Here is a dose of reality for sports fans, delivered in an engaging style :)

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/01/the_armstrong_interview.html

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  28. cha (3,914 comments) says:

    Looking more and more like the interview was pre-emptive with Armstrong trying to get on the right side of the growing shit storm headed his way.

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-01-15/will-thomas-weisel-the-owner-of-lance-armstrongs-u-dot-s-dot-postal-team-get-charged-with-fraud

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  29. Pete Burdon (19 comments) says:

    He didn’t convince people of his remorse, because his body language didn’t match his words. For example, he said at one point that he would spend the rest of his life trying to gain people’s trust and apologising to those he hurt. But his body language or tone of voice didn’t show any emotion. Check out my blog at http://mediatrainingnz.co.nz/blog-2

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