(CNN) – ”I’ve said it for seven years, I’ve said it for longer than seven years, I have never doped. I can say it again, but I’ve said it for seven years, it doesn’t help.”
Help may be something Lance Armstrong will need a lot of to redeem his reputation after the U-S-A today reports Armstrong will quote, “admit to doping throughout his career.”
The newspaper does not name their source, but says it’s a person with knowledge of the situation.
U-s-a today says the former seven-time tour de France champion’s admission, which had been widely rumored for weeks, is expected to come in a Monday interview with Oprah Winfrey that will be taped for air Thursday.
As for why he’s doing this now?
The journalist who broke the story says Armstrong had no choice.
“With all the evidence that’s come out against him it’s hard to deny it anymore. And he’s making a calculated decision, for himself, personally, and it’s also, I think, a business decision for him because it’s affecting his charity, Livestrong, all of his sponsors have fired him.”
Armstrong has kept a low profile at his Austin home since the u-s anti-doping agency released thousands of pages of evidence of what it said was a sophisticated and brazen doping program.
But it’s Armstrong’s repeated denials over the years to protect his name that has angered so many, including former teammates found guilty of doping themselves
“Did you see Lance Armstrong using other performance enhancing drugs?”
“At times, yeah, at different training camps.”
“He took what we all took. There’s really no difference between Lance Armstrong and the say majority of us.”
The difference may be that few from his former entourage have fallen from grace as hard
Already without tens of millions of dollars in endorsements, late last year Armstrong– a cancer survivor– was forced out from Livestrong, the cancer charity he founded.
And now, if he comes clean, Armstrong could face some legal repercussions.
In the interview with Winfrey, Armstrong is not expected to give great detail, but the confession could give him a shot at resuming his competitive racing career.
“If he wanted to get his ban reduced, the rule book says no less than eight years. Right now he’s 41. So eight years from now he would be 49, and I don’t know how interested he would be in competing at that age.”
(Reporter stand up): “CNN’s calls to Armstrong’s attorneys for a response to the USA Today report have gone unanswered. Nick Valencia, CNN, Atlanta.”