Part 1 of Oprah’s much anticipated interview with Lance Armstrong last night did not disappoint. Pat called it one of the greatest interviews he’s ever seen. Oprah grilled Armstrong and his answers were surprisingly open, but were perhaps more disturbing than most anticipated. He still doesn’t appear to be all that sorry.
“His answers to some of these questions were interesting I think he now seems to express that he felt bad about it,” Stu said. “He didn’t say he felt bad about it at the time. He’s saying now he feels bad about it. I don’t know that I bought that. He comes off as convincing, but he came off as convincing the whole time.”
Pat and Stu agreed that Armstrong was so convincing that he could be in Congress for his performance over the years.
He was light on the details and didn’t name names. He mused that he might not have been caught if not for his comeback in 2009. And he was certain his “fate was sealed” when longtime friend, training partner and trusted lieutenant George Hincapie, who was along for the ride on all seven of Armstrong’s Tour de France wins, was forced to give him up to anti-doping authorities.
But right from the start and more than two dozen times during the first of a two-part interview Thursday night with Oprah Winfrey, the disgraced former cycling champion acknowledged what he had lied about repeatedly for years, and what had been one of the worst-kept secrets for the better part of a week: He was the ringleader of an elaborate doping scheme on a U.S. Postal Service team that swept him to the top of the podium at the Tour de France time after time.
So why did he admit to the charges now? Pat believes it’s because he has issues with control.
“He said part of it, and it kind of opened up my eyes why he’s doing this now. And the reasons is that he is a control freak. He said I like to be in control. I control everything in my life. I’ve not been in control of two things. The first thing was the cancer hitting him, and the second thing was now. He can’t control it. Well, that’s somewhat of a lie. He is controlling it. That’s why he’s come out now, because he was backed into a corner on these investigations,” Pat said.
In the interview, Armstrong said several times that if he had not come back in 2009 he probably never would have been caught. The admission indicated to Pat that he was not truly sorry over what he did, but was more sorry he got caught.
“You’re sorry you got caught. You’re not sorry about the situation,” Stu added.
Watch Lance confess his doping below: