Moments before his scheduled interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong issued a public apology to his staff members at the Livestrong cancer foundation. The Associated Press reported that an inside source had direct knowledge of the meeting and gave news on Lance's apology:
BREAKING:Lance Armstrong apologizes to Livestrong staff before interview with Winfrey. Story soon.
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) January 14, 2013
Lance reportedly met with his staff and apologized for several wrongdoings. AP gave an account of the meeting:
The person also said Armstrong apologized for letting the staff down and putting Livestrong at risk but he did not make a direct confession to the group about using banned drugs. He said he would try to restore the foundation's reputation, and urged the group to continue fighting for the charity's mission of helping cancer patients and their families. After the meeting, Armstrong, his legal team and close advisers gathered at a downtown Austin hotel for the interview.
Lance is planning to conduct a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey later today. He is expected to make a limited confession to the talk show host about his role as the head of a long-running scheme to dominate the Tour de France with the aid of performance-enhancing drugs. The interview will broadcast on OWN Thursday and Friday night at 9/8c. Forbes reported that the Armstrong broadcast may well exceed the usual 3.5 million viewers for this how.
Oprah tweeted about her excitement towards the meeting:
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) January 9, 2013
Lance spoke with the AP during a mid-afternoon jog this past Sunday and had this to say:
I'm calm, I'm at ease and ready to speak candidly. I told her (Winfrey) to go wherever she wants and I'll answer the questions directly, honestly and candidly. That's all I can say.
Lance Armstrong's credibility and squeaky-clean image was wiped clean in an instant after the USADA issued a report and public statement on the allegations against him. The report depicted Lance as a ruthless competitor, willing to do anything and everything to win. USADA chief executive Travis Tygart labeled the doping regimen allegedly carried out by the U.S. Postal Service team that Armstrong once captained as "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."