Report: Lance Apologizes to Livestrong Staff

AP says Armstrong drops by foundation before Oprah interview
Staff Writer

Remember all the TV interviews in which Lance Armstrong stared down reporters and vehemently denied taking performance enhancing drugs?  Apparently those were not really the "no-holds-barred" kind.    

According to an announcement January 7, we will get the "first" one of those interviews on Thursday night,  when Lance will sit down with Oprah Winfrey and presumably open up in a new, more candid way.  

The announcement is especially interesting given published reports in The New York Times that Armstrong has been considering coming clean in order to rehabilitate his image, salvage his philanthropic work,  and perhaps resume triathlon racing after being permanently banned from competing by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

Of course, no one really knows what he'll say, and that's why we'll be watching the 90-minute episode of Oprah's Next Chapter on the OWN Network next Thursday night.  (The interview will also be streamed live on

All we know is, we wouldn't lie to Oprah.  Would you?

UPDATE -  According to AP reports, Armstrong on Monday apologized to the staff at his Livestrong cancer foundation before heading to the interview with Winfrey, a person with knowledge of the meeting said.  "I'm sorry," the AP source quoted Armstrong as saying to the staff.  The person also said Armstrong apologized for letting the staff down and putting Livestrong at risk, but didn't make a direct confession about using performance enhancing drugs. He said he would try to restore the foundation's reputation, and urged the group to continue fighting for Livestrong's mission to help cancer patients and their families.