After nearly a decade of denying he used performance enhancing drugs during his races, Lance Armstrong may be ready to confess that he did indeed use PEDs rampantly throughout his cycling career, per a report in the New York Times.
According to the report in the New York Times, Armstrong is considering coming clean to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency about his rampant PED usage in an effort to get his name reinstated so he can try and salvage what little is left of his career. Armstrong was ruined back in October when he was stripped of all his career accomplishments, including a record seven Tour de France titles.
From The New York Times:
Lance Armstrong, who this fall was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping and barred for life from competing in all Olympic sports, has told associates and antidoping officials that he is considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career, according to several people with direct knowledge of the situation. He would do this, the people said, because he wants to persuade antidoping officials to restore his eligibility so he can resume his athletic career.
Not only does Armstrong wish to race again, his confession might come at the behest of some of the wealthiest investors in his Livestrong foundation. The Times proposes that Armstrong is listening to the pressure coming from the people putting serious money into the cancer foundation and want Armstrong to come clean so their money doesn’t dirty in the doping scandal anymore than it already has been.
Armstrong is seeking to take his case to the World Anti-Doping Agency, which states that an athlete can have their lifetime ban reduced if they come clean about the fact that they doped, who helped them dope and how the cover up was orchestrated for as long as it was.
Basically, if you squeal your guts out to the World Anti-Doping agency, your life is spared.
Armstrong is currently in Hawaii on a personal retreat to try and collect his thoughts and escape the public eye. When he returns, his attorney Tim Herman said he’ll discuss what the next move is personally and privately with the embattled cyclist.