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Did Armstrong lie to Oprah?

2013-01-19 09:40

New York - Lance Armstrong is still telling lies over the extent of his doping despite his confession to Oprah Winfrey, according to the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, John Fahey.

Fahey said Armstrong had lied in the interview when he said he stopped doping after 2005 when he won his seventh Tour de France.

Armstrong retired after the race before making a comeback in 2009 but said he raced clean in his return.

VIDEO: Armstrong on telling his son the truth

"The evidence from USADA is that Armstrong's blood tests show variations in his blood that show with absolute certainty he was doping after 2005," Fahey told London's Daily Telegraph on Friday.

"Believe USADA or believe Armstrong? I know who to believe."

Fahey suggested that Armstrong's stance might be in order to avoid further legal issues in America. He also accused Armstrong of giving 'weasel answers' in the interview with Oprah in a 'controlled PR exercise'.

“It struck me that the statute of limitations under US law might be relevant and Armstrong would not want to admit to anything in regards to his comeback (in 2009) that might be picked up under the US criminal code.'

Armstrong evaded many of the questions asked by Winfrey and was heavily criticised for showing little contrition, but those who know him said that was typical of his character.

"He's never been one to be super apologetic," his former team-mate, Tyler Hamilton, told CNN on Friday.

"I don't ever think he apologised back in the day when we were team-mates for a whole lot of anything, really.

"He doesn't show a lot of emotion. Last night I did see - for Lance Armstrong - quite a bit of emotion ... by his standards."

Hamilton was one of the riders who helped bring down Armstrong, providing sworn evidence to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that Armstrong used banned substances.

Hamilton also confessed to cheating and was subsequently stripped of the gold medal he won at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

He said he felt vindicated by Armstrong's admission.

"It's nice to hear him finally own up to some of his faults," he said.

Another British newspaper, the Sunday Times, said it would vigorously pursue a £1m legal action against Armstrong following his admission.

The Sunday Times paid Armstrong in 2006 to settle a legal case after it had questioned what was behind his Tour de France wins in an article published in 2004.

The newspaper, part of Rupert Murdoch's media business, also wants to recover interest and legal costs incurred in the case.
"We watched Lance Armstrong's interview with interest and noted his numerous admissions regarding taking performance-enhancing drugs," a Sunday Times spokesperson said.

"The Sunday Times believes that our case for recovering the £1m he obtained from us by fraud is now even stronger. We will be pursuing that case vigorously."

A lawyer for SCA Promotions, a Dallas-based insurance company, said it would take legal action against Armstrong unless he repaid them more than $12m they gave him for his Tour de France wins.

Tillotson said the company would make a decision on the lawsuit after watching Friday's second and final part of the interview.
"No one should underestimate the resolve of SCA," Jeff Tillotson told Reuters.

"If it doesn't get back its money, SCA will sue Mr Armstrong for the refund of that money, and it will be soon."

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), which announced on Thursday that it had stripped Armstrong of the bronze medal he won at the Sydney 2000 Games, said Armstrong had done nothing to redeem himself in the first part of the interview.

"If Lance Armstrong believes he can win credibility with this interview then it is too little, too late," IOC Vice-President Thomas Bach told Reuters.

"There are no new facts or evidence related to the USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency) report in the entire interview. It was clearly a well-orchestrated interview which, however, did provide no new facts."

Reuters

Comments
  • richard.sloman.5 - 2013-01-19 09:53

    He's head of the doping commission cos he is the head dope... Armstrong lied, he cheated, he fessed up, now leave him alone to stew in his own juices...

      marnusmnorval - 2013-01-19 09:57

      He said he didnt dope, they say he is lying.. he said he did dope, they say he is lying

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2013-01-19 10:09

      So is JZ also telling lies to millions of SA citizens!

      JaredVN - 2013-01-19 11:04

      Agree with Slowboat. The issue is not whether he doped, but whether Armstrong lied about it. THAT was the crux of the interview: Coming clean for the first time. If he hadn't lied and threatened those who wanted to expose him, I'd have a lot more sympathy. Cycling is a brutal sport, and it's impossible to win without doping.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-19 14:50

      This Scumbag and Zuma have so much in common, liar, cheat and thief. There is now speculation that he has personally enriched himself through the "livestrong" foundation. Just recently purchased a $11 million jet. Also the numbers just don't add up to the foundations PR machine and is being investigated. Read the following report........ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/athletes/lance-armstrong/Its-Not-About-the-Lab-Rats.html

      marcusvandermerwe - 2013-01-20 08:49

      He is facing the prospect of losing his wealth. Oprah offers him a chance to make honest money in exchange for a confession. I'm not sure he would have confessed if things were different.

      goldwright - 2013-01-20 09:28

      @JaredVN - " Cycling is a brutal sport, and it's impossible to win without doping." Well, if NO ONE doped in the first place, it WOULD be possible to win. People need to stop making excuses and trying to justify the use of using drugs to win............ Ah, but men with egos, will do whatever it takes, and tough luck for the very few honest men out there - and Lancelot wanted to live the fairy tale life, albeit based on big lie, as he admitted.

      hugh.olphart - 2013-01-20 10:48

      A thought, the USADA samples were those of his doping years, that was the bench mark they have. So now they test his Un-doped blood and its isn't the same. Isn't there some logic in that?

      rowan.clark.10 - 2013-01-20 22:02

      His lips are moving but eye don't get the feeling of remorse . Only a sense of being caught out in these manipulated and public confessions .If there was remorse spill all the beans and the pennies!

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2013-01-19 09:53

    Lance Armstrong ruined the lives of so many others that were close to him in that he mercilessly pursuit them with lawsuits upon lawsuits,leaving them penniless in the end.All those athletes that went up against him that were clean and all the prize money they were denied in the process.USADA should audit Armstrong's balancing financial spreadsheets and independently investigate his charities.He persistently cheated and yet was allowed to compete with other athletes. Lance Armstrong is callous,remorseless and manipulative.He tries to do everything on his own terms.He still hasn't confessed to the proper people.Performance enhanced drugs in sports is not negotiable.He wanted to win at all cost by not cycling by the rules.He apologizes now because he has to,not because he wanted to.There is a big difference in that.Whatever happened to "sportsmanship" in sports?

      gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-19 10:02

      Well said

      jason.marriott.75 - 2013-01-19 11:05

      Yes you'll find people with all this evidence will refuse to accept it, or accept it but make excuses for him.. Point is he made his rep. on a lie and sued those who tried to reveal the truth. Next step he will find God and play that card to try find forgiveness...

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-19 19:35

      Blah blah blah everyone was doing it so its fine, everyone in Government stealing our taxes so its fine - you and your comrades are not setting the moral standards very high - comrade mampara

      pc.myass - 2013-01-19 19:39

      @john.jacobs.35110 - January 19, 2013 "Lance doped - so did all the contenders during his reign. Everyone dopes = level playig field = Lance won 7 Tours. If Lance didnt dope and none of the contenders doped Lance still would have won those 7 Tours. Why is he being made the bad guy - they all doped. So do you know Lance personally - you must if you judge him like you do.. " Have you even considered for ONE second that if they did not dope they might not even be in the Tour de France, and dozens of NATURALLY talented cyclists who refused to dope might be in these races? Yes, of all the cheats he was the best, but he had to cheat to become the head of the cheats! Sounds to me like too much cheating going on. What happened to good-old honest sportsmanship? So you are saying: "Let's ALL cheat to level the playing field"? How about...let's all become murderers, rapists and thieves to level the playing field?

      garth.oelofse.5 - 2013-01-20 08:10

      Wats done is done leave the man to contemplate what happens with his life from here we all know everyone in cycling doped lance just made it a level playing field you think he was the only one that was doping hahahahaha get a grip!!!!!!!would it suit all of you betta if he ripped the world of cycling apart by naming and shaming the other 90% who were doping wake up doping in sports is and everyday occurence and will never stop but that dont mean its right it should be stomped out completely but for one of them a life ban and for others just 6 months or a year all his teammates were doping aswell and majority of the field of cyclists.@Derek.francois.3 the only mampara here is you my friend what the F@#K has the government got to do with this story u comparing apples to bananas go lie down before u hurt yourself

  • rory.beckett.96 - 2013-01-19 09:54

    Lucky u not south African.

  • patrick.mahungela - 2013-01-19 09:56

    If amstrong is speaking the truthlet him be stripped all titles he has won ,he has deprived others chances to be known and champions

      JaredVN - 2013-01-19 11:11

      Everybody in cycling dopes - you can't finish in the top 20 in the Tour de France without doping. So to strip him of his titles will mean giving them to the 2nd placed riders. Who definitely also doped. So what's the point?

  • pieter.samie - 2013-01-19 09:57

    Where will this stop? With a dead Armstrong? Lets all move on, the guy came out, good for him. Im sure there is more important things than a retired shamed cyclist to worry about. (Reminds me of the Hansie saga)...

  • SarcasticAgnostic - 2013-01-19 09:58

    He lied to Oprah!? Bastard! hehe.

      frangelico.paizes - 2013-01-19 11:14

      Oprah lied to the world too,remember her, years back telling the world what a terrible childhood she had,all the abuse she suffered at the hands of a family member,turned out to be a fabrication on her part to gain sympathy from her viewers & to boost her ratings,later reports from most who know her tell another story she was extremely promiscuous,so lets take away her billions too she lied.Not that I support Lance I really can't stand the man.I hate the sport of cycling too,so soon after the high of tennis at Wimbledon it bores me to death thank goodness for the switch channel button.But as the Bible says he who is innocent let him cast the first stone.

      john.jacobs.35110 - 2013-01-20 08:35

      Cycling requires hard work and dedication - its perfectly understandable that some people hates the sport. Its most often the big mouth and wide ass brigade that is jealous of cyclists. This wide ass brigade will also make use of hot air and insults to try and bring their point across.

  • boom.afridi.56 - 2013-01-19 10:01

    he raised 500 million dollars to fight cancer. that is huge. raising 500 million based on lie to help others is... i don't know, maybe cut the guy some slack.

      trailblazer2010 - 2013-01-20 17:20

      Apparently the cancer he got himself might have been caused by his doping...Now what do you think of all those people who bought those bracelets?

      trailblazer2010 - 2013-01-20 17:23

      You can not raise money based on a lie I dont care what so called good you do...people belived in his FIGHTER BRAND and actually there was not a single fighter to be seen in him

  • judith.p.miller.7 - 2013-01-19 10:07

    There were definitely times when he lied, body language cannot be acted out, he scratched his chin and his eyelids flickered rapidly when he was lying. At one stage he totally squirmed in his seat and skirted answering a question to do with one of his accusers, taking the conversation back to a previous subject. Lance is a victim of his own control-freak personality combine with a lack of compassion and an ultra-competitive, no-holes-barred attitude, extreme A-type driven person, highly intelligent and manipulative, careless of other's feelings and the consequences of his criminal behaviour. I expect the punishment will fit the crime.

      aquilakahecate - 2013-01-19 11:16

      I noticed that too. Touching the mouth frequently, raised eyebrows, scratching the head, tight-lipped smile..he seemed to be lying during parts of that interview. Or was it that he just didn't want to say the things coming out of his mouth? I'm not an expert.

      Johannes - 2013-01-21 09:52

      You guys have been watching too much "Lie To Me".. ;)

  • immanuell.mathekga - 2013-01-19 10:08

    Who is the worst here? Tiger Woods having a lot of girlfriends or Lance Armstrong with doping?

      augusto.lugoboni - 2013-01-19 10:47

      Tiger Woods did not take large sums of money from people in a fraudulent manner like Armstrong did.

      pieterduplessis - 2013-01-19 10:58

      Immanuell - Agree. Wonder if all the Lance supporters, supported Woods as well. A fraud that does good deeds is still a fraud.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2013-01-19 11:14

      Tiger didn't cheat at golf, lance cheated cycling and his competitors and fans. We like Tiger because he plays a great game of golf in a clean an honest manner. We used to like lance because we thought he played fair too. Still I say cut the man some slack he did do some good regardless.

      dolphindunes.guesthouse - 2013-01-20 08:39

      Woods only cheated on his wife. Armstrongs cheating is tantamount to stealing and fraud

      vasa.sana - 2013-01-20 11:04

      What happened to Marion Jones

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-19 10:08

    Pathological liar.

  • Derick 'Mdeva' Themba Masango - 2013-01-19 10:15

    poor lance nt even de end of de world made so mch headline

      vasa.sana - 2013-01-20 11:05

      Marion Jones served time. Is he going to serve time? No!

  • sp.v.zyl - 2013-01-19 10:17

    Lance Armstrong did a lot of things wrong. The only reason he's confessing now is because everyone already knows some of it and it has been proven and he's trying to win some sympathy. There is a lot more that has not been revealed and he is still too much of a coward to admit everything. I have no sympathy for him. He cheated and should be punished for it.

  • leedsunitedfc - 2013-01-19 10:17

    The one moment I picked up a lie was when he claimed he had never threatened to fire a team mate for not doping. You could see it.

  • leedsunitedfc - 2013-01-19 10:18

    There is zero relevance

  • cemslie - 2013-01-19 10:20

    Surely there are more pressing issues in the world we need to be focussing on?? Like the recession ruining economies, like the governments laughing at there citizens, like strikes costing our countries millions......just saying there are far more serious things happening that should be making the news headlines

      Wikus Erasmus - 2013-01-19 11:21

      Ag you'll just find something else to moan about.... or moan about people moaning. Thats the news industry...

  • bridgette.elk.7 - 2013-01-19 10:28

    If you cheat, you're screwed ! End of story ! It doesn't matter when or how.

  • mpho.riba.3 - 2013-01-19 10:31

    What do people of this world want? You r a champ all is good n happy! Happy bottoms up! Champagne! All of these in celebration! Same was done with Tiger Woods! He was brought down by gossipmoggers! Especially the Media that DOESN'T respect peoples privacy and will forever defend themselves. We all err. None of you os perfect!

      jacowium - 2013-01-20 15:41

      "None of you os perfect!" Yep. To err is humman.

  • grant.butler.104 - 2013-01-19 10:37

    Mr Armstrong, I am the last person to throw stones , and you need to be able to look in the mirror. Rather come out totally clean and tell all....you will be able to sleep better at night even if it means jail time. At the end of the day no mountain of money and fame is worth your soul.

  • Matewis69 - 2013-01-19 10:46

    Seriously!!! Get something else to write about, this topic is old news now and annoying! Lazy journo's!

  • rithin.sewsunker - 2013-01-19 10:55

    Truth of the matter is that there are so many people doping in the sporting world it Aint funny. If you look at athletes of back in the 60's to now. Its totally different. And is most sports somebody takes a fall, in this case its Armstrong. Many documentaries out there on these stories, problem is no one takes em seriously. Armstrong probably knows of more athletes out there currently doing it but wont say a word. Sad yet true.

  • marius.coetzer.180 - 2013-01-19 10:57

    The only thing he's sorry about is being caught!

  • she.is.here.777 - 2013-01-19 11:03

    No wonder Oprah was mesmerized by his answers... hehe

  • selma.botha.9 - 2013-01-19 11:29

    What hapenned to our 2012 Comrades winner?

  • phaldiemeyer - 2013-01-19 11:32

    This whole thing is a farce...Lance beat the system so you can't crucify him after he left the sport...he put egg on the face of the dope auditors because their system was inadequate...Good on you Lance, stop apologising. They, the sponsors, came to you...you didn't beg them for money, they threw it at you!!!

  • lybon1 - 2013-01-19 11:42

    N24 ENOUGH!!!....give some real news....like kevin anderson reaching the fourth round in the aussie open..#proudly south african#

  • gomoco.kalamore - 2013-01-19 11:54

    this armstrong guy is something else but there are lots and lots like him here on news24

  • janet.mcbride.524 - 2013-01-19 11:55

    What happens in the dark always come to light. And yes he did lie to Oprah ?

  • diran.pillay - 2013-01-19 11:56

    Okay we all know now that this man is a fraud, he cheated his way to success, he made millions by cheating his way to victory. At the same time he raised a few hundred million for charity. Call him a cheat call him a legend,let's just leave this man alone to sort his own problems out,whether it be in jail or wherever the hell he might be that's entirely his problem. You are still going to buy this cheats books that will become best sellers and make home more millions.

      trailblazer2010 - 2013-01-20 15:43

      Diran we are trying to leave him alone but HE refuses to be left alone!

  • susan.fraser.182 - 2013-01-19 12:29

    This still does not give Oprah the right to judge him...regardless of what he did or did not do...

      trailblazer2010 - 2013-01-20 15:45

      Oprah did not Judge him, it was the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, John Fahey after watching the interview..did you read the story above?

  • anaska.israel - 2013-01-19 12:42

    He is a compulsive liar and that will NEVER CHANGE and Charlisse he confessed to very little - he has to confess completely plus dream on that man will never cycle again perhaps around his block a few time and hopefully fall off as many times as possible

  • LumkaItIs - 2013-01-19 12:48

    I wrote this piece before Lance's big confession. I think its still relevant. Because I still think the man deserves a break. He has paid for his sins in abundance. http://thefrontpager.blogspot.com/2012/10/in-his-defense-give-lance-armstrong.html

      trailblazer2010 - 2013-01-20 15:47

      As I said to Diran above we are trying to leave him alone but HE refuses to be left alone! He chose to go and CONFESS to the world and then on his CONFESSION day he lies again.

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-01-19 13:59

    It's evident that Lance has few friends. Not even his ex team mates like him. He must be quite a sob.i like him but then I don't know him. Tallest tree catches the wind and it's mighty windy right now. Sorry Lance, get your book out and movie rights to recover the money you going to have to give back. I'll buy your book so get writting.

  • tiaan.evony - 2013-01-19 14:37

    FFS people,leave the man alone-he had the guts to say yes to doping.He has had a lot more $h!t in life to go through like "CANCER" .I have more respect for Lance than all you others trying to make him look bad,because in the end you are the scum of life.!!!

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-19 15:26

    Are you suprised?

  • mateklongse - 2013-01-19 16:03

    Well, a lot of the comments appeal very concerning about the lying rider. He says its not possible to win without drugs which I think is bull. There will always be a winner, either the druggie or the next stronger one in line. What sets me off the most is that he's now trying to recover his "losses", which he should never have gained in the first place to begin with, by means of orchestrated media appearance. Lance exploited the sources well given to him. But everybody does that, greedyness is part of the human condition, even Oprah is, though she does a lot of good work. Lance's fall is mainly caused by the fact that it leaked out while many others still carry on, and I'm not talking about drugs, I'm talking about taking away from others to achieve personal gain, even polititians and statesman do that and nobody really says a word.

  • john.jacobs.35110 - 2013-01-19 16:35

    Lance doped - so did all the contenders during his reign. Everyone dopes = level playing field = Lance won 7 Tours. If Lance didnt dope and none of the contenders doped Lance still would have won those 7 Tours. Why is he being made the bad guy - they all doped.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-01-20 15:18

      It's still cheating, irrespective of how many other people are doing it. I feel sorry for people with such low morals as yours - it must be really difficult to know right from wrong.

  • anaska.israel - 2013-01-19 16:46

    That some people claimng that this horrible man is a "good person" then they are in for a shock this man is a compulsive liar and will remain a liar - he is so good at it - how can a person be a "GOOD PERSON" when deceived so many people over the years and the sad thing is that when he is dragged to court and pay all the people their money back the possibility of him racing again will be on the cards again - THE RICH AND FAMOUS GET AWAY WITH SO MANY THINGS - Like Zumakie and all his crooneys (ZUMA IS FAR FROM FAMOUS) but a thief and liar he definitely is!!

      john.jacobs.35110 - 2013-01-19 16:58

      Ja ou anaska - jys ook so 'n goeie mens, jy het seker nog nooit 'n voetjie verkeerd gesit nie - of hoe?

  • andrew.grieveson.92 - 2013-01-19 18:38

    Can't Oprah get a confession from JZ concerning his corrupt involvement in the Arms Deal . Now that would be interesting to watch !

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-01-20 15:23

      You can expect the usual evasion and double-speak, as in this 2008 interview: BBC: A lot of people think you’re a crook … ZUMA: Is that so? (laughs) I want to see those people so they can tell me why they think I’m a crook. BBC: Well there’s a whole army of prosecutors who clearly think it. ZUMA: Eh-ha? Is that so? Serious? KEANE: Are you a crook? ZUMA: Me? Well, I don’t know, I must go to a dictionary and learn what a crook is.

  • simon.chabuka.5 - 2013-01-19 19:45

    Lance is the man, can,t wait for the movie

  • davidrobertlewis - 2013-01-19 22:41

    Still waiting for Koos Bekker to come clean about Naspers/Media24 support for Apartheid and failure to come clean before the TRC. When will Koos Bekker have his Lance Armstrong moment? When will Media24 stop the lies?

  • di.hingley - 2013-01-20 00:36

    He lied to Oprah...we all know that, he's holding back and I bet he will now write a book on what he didn't tell Oprah...this was like the taster to what is to come, plus he now owes his sponsors millions so he would be stupid to tell all now as he need us to buy his book to read the rest......

      trailblazer2010 - 2013-01-20 17:09

      Lying or you can call it holding back at "your confession" is the same thing and its the worst lie because its YOUR CONFESSION DAY and yet still you continue to lie! What is worse than someone lying on the confession day that he by the way decided to do on his own free will, instead again he tries to deceive people...I think he overestimates his powers of deception. Classical psychiatry case.

  • di.hingley - 2013-01-20 00:47

    He lied.....his sponsors want their money back, and there is only one way he can get the money...write a book on what he didn't tell Oprah, then he gets us to buy the book!!! The Oprah interview was a teaser of what's to come in his book!!!!

  • john.jacobs.35110 - 2013-01-20 07:36

    Is there anyone out there that thinks eddy mercx or miguel indurain didnt use any drugs - its a pity that they cant be retro tested..

  • john.jacobs.35110 - 2013-01-20 08:21

    i actually based my assumption that you know nothing about cycling on your "not so hot" best time for the ARGUS cycling tour - lol!

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-01-20 08:52

    what is new.....the american red indian chief summed it up nicely 500 years ago.....

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-01-20 09:02

    that is the problem with the american way that interview was a piece of art,stage managed theatre to be precise everything was set nicely to bamboozle the world audience some more, just like the american presidential debates in their one party system of hypocracy disguised as democracy

  • atomasicchio - 2013-01-20 10:38

    It shocks me that people think its ok he doped because everyone was doing it. Just because its the 'culture' of cycling, doesn't make it right! I want to watch natural born talent, not a bunch of druggies!

  • trailblazer2010 - 2013-01-20 13:05

    This DOOF HEAD Lance Armstrong even lies at the event where he says he is CONFESSING...shame he used to be my lil hero at some point

  • trailblazer2010 - 2013-01-20 13:30

    Can't South Africans separate things JZ is a South African president okay and Lance Armstrong is an American cyclist, the story is about Lance Armstrong...now people lets use the philosophical concept of divide and rule a problem...cmon on now people FOOOOOOOOCUUS :)

  • susan.w.smith.52 - 2013-01-20 14:37

    I am glad he fessed up finally - it is going to cost him hugely - and it should. I don't think he should try and justify his actions, but rather act as a 'lesson learnt' ambassador - and help others who may be addicted to winning, but winning falsely, that it is not the answer. Of course, when he calculated how much he would be in for, in debt, he tried to lie his way out of it. What would you have done?