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Lance Armstrong Cries While Apologizing To Livestrong Staff Before Oprah Interview

Lance Armstrong Cries While Apologizing To Livestrong Staff Before Oprah Interview

Lance Armstrong cried as he delivers a heartfelt apology to the Livestrong team, part of a week of confessions for the cyclist in his attempt to mend fences and repair his broken reputation.

News of Armstrong’s tearful apology to his staff was overshadowed this week by what came right after the incident — his taped interview with Oprah Winfrey during which he finally admitted publicly to taking performance-enhancing drugs. But the confession Armstrong made in private at Livestrong may be just as important as his more public one, at least for the non-profit organization he helped found.

Forbes reported:

“As noted by Bill Briggs of NBC News in October 2012, the Livestrong brand may require a facelift if it wants to retain current donors while attracting new ones. Initially, according to data reported to ESPN and cited in this Yahoo Sports article, Livestrong received $78,000 in unsolicited donations in the 24 hours following the August 2012 announcement of Armstrong’s decision not to fight significant doping evidence…compared to the $3,200 received the day before the announcement. However, more recent reports (like this one from CNN) note that some Livestrong supporters have started asking for their donations back.

“In short, Armstrong’s date with Oprah gives him a chance to make an impassioned request for people to look past his past digressions when considering whether to contribute money towards the fight against cancer.”

About 100 Livestrong employees were on hand for the confession, which took place at the organization’s headquarters in Austin, Texas.

While news that Lance Armstrong cries during his admission may be good for fence-mending, it could lead to legal trouble for the former cyclist, USA Today notes. Now that he has admitted guilt, Armstrong could be targeted by the federal government after he testified in 2005 that he wasn’t doping.

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17 Responses to “Lance Armstrong Cries While Apologizing To Livestrong Staff Before Oprah Interview”

  1. Wynelle Davis Gilbert

    Well you knew he would. He's crying a lot just thinking of losing his fortune, much less his celebrity and now he brings is son into the sad tale for more sympathy just in case you weren't touched by his tears. It's bad enough to shame his kids by his actions but don't use them to manipulate your image.

  2. Manuel Avila Jr

    I have no respect for this guy none what so ever, what a real loser and that's to all sports cheaters including mark bigmac mcqurie how ever you spell his name I spell it loser/loser's…

  3. Greg Wilcox

    Do you honestly think that his Money is really a concerned. He knows he is going to be sued and lose his money. If that was the most important thing he would have kept his mouth shut and not went on Oprah. Not to mention she asked about his son. Guess you want him to lie some more and not answer the question. I am not supporting Armstrong at all. I am supporting giving someone the opportunity to face his deamons and get the help he needs. I can assure you that most of us have made mistakes. Only difference is we did not have Millions of dollars thrown at us.

  4. Trish Thomas Mink

    He was being investigated. Money and fame have everything to do with it. Wake up

  5. Patricia Haskell Beal

    I watched he got a bit upset talking about his kids, but tears, I never saw him shed one tear. I was a staunch supporter of him for many years. Now I fee like a fool for trusting in him. Shame Shame…..he's lower than a snake, and a bully and hurt many many people. Especially his family.

  6. Theda Zaretsky

    His son was interviewed when he was 3 years old. He said that he hoped his father would make the other bikers hurt. Come on. What kind of father teaches his kid something like that? You guessed it. A bully and a liar.

  7. Sylvia Clarke

    Lance, coming clean after you were Adamant that you were innocent, has done no good in my eyes. Go home look after your family and keep away from the media.Your never going to look the good guy again. You had your 15mins of fame ok…

  8. Angel M. Shockley

    I think he's more concerned with losing his fame and fortune than he is on what kind of example he set to others. We all thought he was a hero for surviving cancer and being a health advocate. Little did we know he was swindling us the whole way. It is about time his true colors came out, and they are NOT red white and blue!