Ahead of Oprah tell-all, Armstrong apologizes to LIVESTRONG staff
Lance Armstrong is said to have come clean about his use of performance-enhancing drugs during his time as an international cyclist during an interview with Oprah Winfrey taped Monday in Austin. Before the interview, Armstrong apologized to the staff at his LIVESTRONG cancer foundation. Staff members said Armstrong was choked up, but told them he was sorry for letting them down. YNN's John Salazar joins us from outside Armstrong's West Austin home with more on the cyclist trying to make amends.
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Following doping denials for a decade, Monday may prove to be the moment of truth for disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.
For more than one week, reports sped through local and international media that Oprah Winfrey will conduct a taped a 90-minute interview, where Armstrong is supposed to unravel a decade of deceit.
According to the LIVESTRONG Foundation, the path to redemption for the world's most famous cyclist begins in Austin.
Armstrong addressed the staff Monday and said, "I'm sorry." The person said the disgraced cyclist choked up and several employees cried during the session.
Communications director Rae Bazzarre emailed us a statement saying, in part:
"[Armstrong] offered a sincere and heartfelt apology for the stress they've endured because of him and urged them to keep up their great work fighting for people affected by cancer."
Attorney Skip Davis represents athletes caught under suspicion of using performance-enhancing drugs. He cites a 1,000-page report from the United States Anti-Doping Agency as the smoking gun in the case that pressured Lance to come clean.
"There is a lot of smoke, so there must be a lot of fire," Davis said. “It struck me that a lot of those allegations were necessarily substantiated, but the people making the allegations seemed to not have any credibility issues, so would take them at their word."
This isn’t Lance and Oprah’s first meeting, but the former network star says it will be “no holds barred” interview. It’s set to air Thursday on the OWN network.