Lance Armstrong over the years
January 14th, 2013
03:10 PM ET

Lance Armstrong apologizes to Livestrong staff

[Updated at 3:19 p.m. ET] Lance Armstrong was “tearful” during his comments to the staff at Livestrong but did not admit to using steroids or talk about that issue at all, according to Rae Bazzarre, Director of Communications for the Livestrong Foundation.

[Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET] We just received a comment from the Director of Communications for the Livestrong Foundation about what Armstrong said today.

"Lance came to the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s headquarters today for a private conversation with our staff and offered a sincere and heartfelt apology for the stress they’ve endured because of him and urged them to keep up their great work fighting for people affected by cancer," Rae Bazzarre said.

[Posted at 12:34 p.m. ET] Cyclist Lance Armstrong apologized to staff on Monday at the Livestrong foundation's office in Austin, Texas, according to a publicist for the foundation.

Katherine McLane did not provide any information about what Armstrong was apologizing for.

The apology came ahead of Armstrong's scheduled interview with talk show queen Oprah Winfrey - his first since he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in a doping scandal.

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  1. richard daly

    I cannot imagine him going on with Oprah and confessing to something that will bite him tomorrow.
    He has lawyers that have scripted him, practiced with him , like political candidates do before a debate.
    In my oppinion, they have crafted a well thought out story that they hope we will accept as an appology.
    He will accept minimal blame, rave about the Livestrong Co.
    It is all an attempt to salvage some of the millions of dolars that he has raked in over the years by
    cheating, lying, lying some more & cheating some more.
    Laughing all the way to the bank.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. AtlantaGuy

    you cheated on your husband for 10 years and he just found out.
    you didn't tell your kid who he was adopted until he found out at age 18.
    you didn't truthfully disclose all of your income to the IRS.
    you gave false information on your resume to get a better job.
    you took the credit for someone elses hard work.

    you all are no better.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      Incorrect.

      I am not guilty of any of these claims. Contrary to popular belief, justifying your actions by accusing others of doing what you do does not mean the others are guilty of the accusations.

      January 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      I agree with you Atlanta Guy. People from Atlanta are always doing these things and worse. It is a dangerous and violent city. Gang ridden. One of the 10 most dangerous cities in the entire world.

      January 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andrea

    I agree with the Big Picture. When it comes to Livestrong's work, I really don't care about the doping scandal. In fact, I am willing to forgive Lance Armstrong's actions if he doped, simply because he has done so much good for people, who really, really needed it. Let's look at some of the other athletes, who've fallen and been forgiven when their crimes were far worse, and the amount that they gave back to humanity far less. A prime example is Mike Tyson. He was convicted of rape, but yet when he was released, sports fans acted like he was a wronged hero. Lance may have done something unethical, but it was not a violent crime. Then he used his fame to found an organization, which will continue to live on and save thousands of lives. Yet, he continues to be villified daily. I think that says a great deal about our values as a culture.

    Furthermore, I have a big problem with going back years later–the inspectors had their chance to catch him at the time and they didn't. Would we go back and change the outcome of a Superbowl or World Series years later because a fan's photo appeared to contradict an official's call? No, we wouldn't. If the officials failed to catch him at the time, then too bad. As for the testimony of fellow competitors, they were all offered deals and trying to save themselves, so in my opinion anything they have said is suspect. And yes, I do believe it is a witchhunt–if it weren't we would not still be talking about it.

    I think someone has an ax to grind and their ego will not let them see that they are hurting thousands of innocent people in the process–the people that Livestrong works to help. To me, that is a far greater crime than anything that Lance Armstrong may have done.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. richard daly

    I posted about a half hour ago explaining exactly what he is going to admit to on oprah.
    And why.
    I wonder why it was not allowed here?

    Clean, factual & acurate.
    Absolutely no reason not to allow it on this site except for the fact the the current screener is a wanabee lawyer.

    January 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. s kel

    My only hope is that one day our government will be allowed to use drones to patrol cities such as Atlanta.

    January 14, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. sassysticks53

    Buh-bye Lance! As they say, good things don't last forever.

    January 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scottish Mama

      If it ever did exist....

      January 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Portland tony

    He did a little good....He did a little bad! And at last check, the earth still revolves around the Sun! So what's the big deal?

    January 15, 2013 at 9:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. glenn eastman

    Another slow news day perhaps, been told nice quys finish last, therefore Lance Armstrong must be a nice guy.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. glenn eastman

    Nice guys finish last, therefore Lance Armstrong must be a nice guy.

    January 16, 2013 at 12:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
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