Lance Armstrong eyes peddling drug confession
By JOSH SAUL
Last Updated: 7:10 AM, January 5, 2013
Posted: 1:29 AM, January 5, 2013
He wants to come clean.
Cycling legend Lance Armstrong has told his associates he is considering a public admission that he doped during his athletic career, according to a published report.
Armstrong, 41, has spent recent months weighing his options while vacationing with family in Hawaii, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Possibilities include going on television, writing a book, or making a public statement in the near future about his alleged doping.
A public confession would allow Armstrong to begin restoring his badly damaged reputation
The former professional cyclist fell into disgrace last fall when his seven Tour de France titles were stripped and his major sponsors dropped him.
Armstrong also quit as chairman of Livestrong, the cancer-fighting foundation known for its iconic yellow bracelets that he founded in 1997.
He has long denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs or blood doping, even as his teammates and anti-doping officials leveled accusations.
Armstrong’s lawyer told the Journal that discussions with the US Anti-Doping Agency “aren’t currently on the table.”
Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer when he was 25, but fought back to win the Tour de France a record seven times.
A confession by Armstrong would also complicate multiple legal issues, including a whistleblower lawsuit filed by his former teammate, Floyd Landis.
The Sunday Times of London has also sued to recover a 2004 libel settlement that Armstrong won after the paper published claims he was doping.