Watch: Lance Armstrong Officially Admits To Using Performance Enhancement Drugs In His Interview With Oprah Winfrey [UPDATE With Full Interview]

But A Lot Of People Are Not Impressed
Lance Comes Clean

Earlier this week we learned that Lance Armstrong had finally (finally) admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he did use performance enhancing drugs/techniques. Last night the interview aired, and I knew something was wrong when Trent‘s Facebook status read, “This Lance Armstrong interview is nauseating.” LMAO. I didn’t watch the interview, but a lot of people seemed to agree with Trent. Although he admitted to doping, Lance apparently came off as (still) really arrogant, and even in this little clip his sense of self of self-importance is, IMO, quite palpable. Peep the video for more! What are your thoughts on the scandal? Does this interview change any of your feelings about  Lance? Oh, and if you can’t watch the video now, click inside for a few key excerpts from the interview. And tune in tonight for part two, which airs at 9 pm EST on OWN.

[UPDATE]: We have the full interview now!

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TMZ has the report:

Lance Armstrong just confessed … EVERYTHING.

Lance admitted it all during his Oprah interview — saying he took banned substances to enhance his cycling performances before all 7 of his Tour de France wins … he blood doped … he took testosterone … EPO … human growth hormone … everything you can imagine.

Lance had denied the allegations for years — and when Oprah asked why he came forward now, Lance replied, “I don’t know that I have a great answer. I will start now by saying this is too late … I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times … I am a flawed character.”

He added, “I didn’t invent the [doping] culture, but I did nothing to stop the culture … and I am sorry for that.”

Lance said he began using EPO (erythropoietin) — a hormone that enhances red blood cell production — in the mid 90s.

When asked if he was ever afraid he’d be caught — Lance replied, “No.”
When asked if it felt wrong at the time — Lance replied, “No.”
When asked if he felt like he was cheating — he replied, “No … I viewed it as a level playing field.”

As for how the whole operation worked, Armstrong hedged on the details — saying, “I viewed it as very simple. You had things that were oxygen-boosting drugs, for lack of a better word, that were incredibly beneficial for endurance sports. And that’s all you needed.”

He added, “My cocktail was only EPO … not a lot … transfusions and testosterone.”

Lance — who referred to his former self as “an arrogant pr*ck” — isn’t shocked by the outrage over his lies and deceit … saying, “I deserve it.”

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  1. Now if Roger Clemens would fess up, the world would be a better place.

  2. I was completely disgusted by every second of this interview. Lance Armstrong is the lowest of the low. He is a disgrace, a complete and utter disgrace.

    • Agreed – came off as arrogant with no remorse. Worst response was when he spoke about Betsy Andreu and said, “I call her crazy. I called her a bitch. But at least I didn’t call her fat” Stay classy Lance!

  3. This man is a fool (I didn’t watch the interview and have no intentions too, but i think i read enough to get the jist) i just don’t understand why he’s confessing now. You just don’t lie for over a decade and then just admit it for no reason. I would really like to know the reason for the confession… but i do agree with him doping just made it a level playing field.

    • emily

      @blaqfury – he’s confessing now because he is banned from the entire world of professional sports – name a sport, he cannot play it professionally. He wants to get back into competition, specifically marathons, and he’s not allowed to compete until he confesses.

  4. Kelly

    I was always such a huge fan of Lance. I always knew deep down that he was lying and of course I dont think that was okay in any sense. But cheating at a sport is hardly the worst thing that a person has done in this world and he has also done so many amazing and wonderful things for people affected by caner with this Livestrong foundation. IMHO he is human, he is flawed and he made a mistake. He owned up to it (albeit far too late) but its more than anyone can expect from some people if we really stop to think about it.

    • @Kelly — So you’re saying the ends justify the means. I vehemently disagree with that. He didn’t make “a” mistake. He lied and cheated and bullied and intimidated and ruined lives for YEARS. He amassed a fortune on bold faced lying and cheating and he used his deadly disease to help further his ambitions. He is human … one of the worst kind, in my opinion. Yes, his cancer foundation has done good work and I truly hope it continues to do good work. But I also hope Lance Armstrong is punished in some way that matters because crying on TV is nowhere near good enough to wash away his crimes.

    • Kelly

      I see your point but my main opinion in this is that there are FAR worse things people have done, and unfortunately, will continue to do in this world. Thats pretty much all I meant by what I said.

    • @Kelly — No, I understand … I hope you don’t feel like I was attacking you. I’m just so entirely digested by this whole thing. I just think about how he used his cancer struggle to reap millions from prize winnings, companies like Nike and donations from people who believed in him. Yes, people have done far worse things but wrong is wrong. Fraud is a serious crime and I truly hope he is punished for his crimes.

  5. Christina

    Although I didn’t watch the interview, I’ve been reading a lot of commentary about it and it seems that a fair number of people are less upset by his cheating than his attempts to destroy the lives of the many people who blew the whistle on him throughout his career. He slandered them in the press, filed suit against them, and generally made their lives miserable all in an attempt to see through this tired charade.

    • This is what pisses me off. He cheated in a sport of cheaters, so I feel a little ambivalent about that. What I hate is how he acted when people accused him. He had a “how dare you act” which in retrospect makes him look like a fool.

  6. MJ

    I guess in part 2 he’ll talk about his relationship with Lennay Kekua?

  7. I’m embarrassed. Most of America stood by his side when he was accused of doping (me included). I have no sympathy.

    • @apriljan — But you cannot blame yourself. It’s natural to want to believe the best in people. His story was inspirational and I completely understand how people could believe him, even thru all of the accusations, because of his consistant assertion of innocence. He is vile. Anyone who could do this to so many people is a vile p.o.s.

  8. Is it just me or is he still completely arrogant in this interview? Ugh, I don’t care what good he has done. He is a liar. He has tried to discredit so many people when all along he was the deceiver. Is he a psychopath?

  9. JCZ

    I think using the excuse that others were doing it, so it levelled the playing field, is an attempt to downplay the whole scenario. If he truly loved the sport (and not the fame and money) he would have spoken up about it. He would have avoided taking drugs and attempted to clean up the sport. But instead, he didn’t, he wanted the fame and the money at the expense of everyone and cheated his way to the top and to a massive fortune.

    Couldn’t agree more with you Trent – I would love to see him punished. People may have done FAR worse, yet people have been punished for FAR less. He is no true or real athlete, he is just a plain and simple fraudulent douche bag.

    No one who cheats deserves what they amass and all the other cyclists deserve punishment also. None of the others I guess have the sob story that he has milked however, nor publicly humiliated those who attempted to shed light on their cheating ways. They’re all equal in their disgraceful ways, however Lance would have to come out as one of the worse in the way he has handled the accusations over the years, his reactions last year when being stripped and ever since in his sad attempt at rebuilding his image, which I hope he never achieves.

    • @JCZ — It’s complete bullshizz for him to say “well everyone else was cheating so it was a level playing field”. Even that is a lie. Not everyone else was cheating … the people who did not cheat had ZERO chance of ever winning fairly. And even among the others that cheated, none of them had the access, influence and funds to match Armstrong’s so he was the cheater with the biggest advantage. If there were other people who had the EXACT SAME access to the doping stuff that Armstrong had access to, he would not have won 7 Tour de France races.

      HE GROSSES ME OUT TO NO END!!!

    • JCZ

      AMEN!

      I know violence is never the answer, but can’t we just punch him in the face and then never speak his name again? Or even better, let Sheryl Crow do it, then have Oprah interview her afterwards as they sit on top of him and Sheryl jumps up and down like Tom Cruise? I’m sure that will do wonders for her network and his public image.

  10. fmx

    Lance is the new face of doping culture, which is prevalent and dominating the non-dopers in sports. I hope there is greater reflection on this and better quality and timely testing done. There is theories going around the net that Lance may have got testicular cancer as a result of the doping, I don’t know the science behind that but it seems like a fairly shitty punishment as it is.

    • @fmx — “There is theories going around the net that Lance may have got testicular cancer as a result of the doping, I don’t know the science behind that but it seems like a fairly shitty punishment as it is.”

      If he got cancer from his doping, that is not punishment … that’s a direct result of making the worst decision possible. Punishment is paying retribution for his crimes.

    • fmx

      Yes, they are two separate things and I agree that he frauded Nike and other companies. And in a way I always thought it was too good to be true for a recovering cancer patient to make a comeback and win 7 races. He gave people hope, and by him doping, it took away all that hope and belief people placed on him.
      I don’t know the story, and I have no reason to pat him on his back for coming forward, but to my knowledge he has nothing to gain by coming forward than new possible charges.

      Whatever happens, I hope Livestrong continues to be successful, the website has become a very useful reference and health resource and at the end of the day it would not exist without Lance.

  11. Lynne

    I have to say I’m hurt by his dishonesty. I supported this man and his charity for years! He was a hero in my eyes as far as beating cancer and getting back on that bike, winning all those tours and being a face for cancer survivors. I was a fan of his dedication and perseverance. When my dad had a cancer scare, Lance Armstrong was the man I turned to for inspiration. I loved this Nike commercial: http://youtu.be/MIl5RxhLZ5U :(

    I just can’t understand how a man who survived/beat cancer can take the dangerous risk to (continue to) dope. I’m sickened by his confession. I watched a good 10 minutes of the interview and couldn’t continue. I have lost all respect for this man. Ugh.

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