Report: Armstrong to come clean for Oprah

Jan. 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Lance Armstrong will confess to doping when he teams up with television talk queen Oprah Winfrey for a televised interview next week, a source told USA Today.

Armstrong has been reported working on a plan to admit publicly he used performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusion to help power him to seven Tour de France championships, and has decided to come clean next week on the Oprah Winfrey Network, the newspaper said Saturday..

Citing a source close to the situation, USA Today said the interview -- to be taped Monday and televised Thursday -- will probably not go into much detail. Earlier announcements about the show promised only a no-holds barred discussion between Armstrong and Oprah.

Armstrong's battle against doping allegations appeared lost in October when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released its findings. Since then, Armstrong has stepped down from his cancer charity and lost a number of corporate sponsorships.

The confession could pave the way for a reduction of Armstrong's lifetime ban from all Olympic sports but USA Today said it also carries the risk of civil lawsuits from former sponsors -- and even criminal action for testifying under oath he was not involved in doping -- although that was considered unlikely due to the amount of time that that has passed.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
WATCH: Eric Bledsoe shakes Clippers guard all the way off the court WATCH: Eric Bledsoe shakes Clippers guard all the way off the court
Bowling to introduce new scoring system
Seahawks search for swagger in Carolina
Pirates agree to minor league deal with Stinson
Lions bring stingy defense to London, aim to ground Falcons
Trending News
Around the Web