Lance Armstrong must be starved for attention. That is the only reasonable conclusion anyone can draw at this point. Less than five months after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) stripped the 41-year-old of his seven Tour De France titles and banned him from the sport for life, Armstrong has randomly decided to appear on Oprah Winfrey’s show.
Why? Your guess is as good as ours.
“Oprah Winfrey will speak exclusively with Lance Armstrong in his first no-holds-barred interview,” the official statement announcing this interview read. “Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career.”
How closely Oprah has been following Armstrong’s cycling career and subsequent problems with doping remains to be seen, but it probably doesn’t even really matter. At this point everyone is familiar with the general details. Cancer survivor. Hero. Legend. Presumed doper. Suspected liar. Villain. That’s Armstrong in a nutshell.
“Winfrey will speak with Armstrong at his home in Austin, Texas, in his only interview since the seven-time Tour de France winner was stripped of his titles and dropped from millions of dollars in endorsement deals after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released an extensive report accusing the renowned cyclist of doping throughout his career,” the statement continued. “Armstrong was given a lifetime ban on competing professionally. Late last year, Armstrong resigned as chairman of the foundation he created, Livestrong, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the fight against cancer.”
Based on the press release, nothing is off the table. Of course, press releases are just press releases. There would be a lot of very serious legal ramifications for Armstrong if he were to ever come fully clean about what he’s done. All those people he has maliciously targeted for suggesting that he was on PEDs; all of the enemies he has made en route to this point – at least some of them would likely line up to make him pay. And that’s assuming Armstrong would even want to come clean after spending the better part of a decade denying that he ever doped.
Tune in to Armstrong’s episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" on Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. It should be interesting.