Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Oprah: The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel

As the world knows, Lance Armstrong, seeking to repair his shot reputation or delusional up to the gills, is going to give an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

I hope the lawyers of the various people and companies he scammed are watching carefully.

The Lance Armstrong interview in which the disgraced former cyclist will deal with the doping revelations that led to a lifetime ban from sport and the stripping of his seven Tour de France titles will be streamed live around the world as well as broadcast on television in the United States.

The 90-minute special will air next Thursday at 9pm eastern time in the US, or 2am in the UK, and will be streamed on Oprah.com at the same time. It is the first time Armstrong has given an interview since he lost his titles, was dropped by sponsors and pilloried by the public for his part in what the US Anti-Doping Agency called the "most sophisticated doping programme that sport has ever seen".

According to reports, he also came under pressure from the board of Livestrong – the charity he founded to support cancer sufferers and from which he stood down as chairman in October – to speak publicly.

I won't be watching.

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