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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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. hecep

    For some reason, I don't see Lance admitting that his pending "confession" is motivated by the need to lessen the severity of his punishment re financial impact.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. werone2

    If you use any drug, you should be honorable enough to admit it during the race, contest or competition.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Just for the record

    At least he started Livestrong. I am also glad that it will continue. Bye Lance.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cogmeester

    Lance Armstrong apologizes for nothing but benefits from headlines saying he apologized. Brilliant spin. Disaster control at its finest.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Safe in Texas

      He cannot afford to do it any other way or they'll nail him for contempt of court, perjury, etc. He lied, under oath, many times, denying the took steriods so, he can't very well admit to it now without having to pay $20M if not more.

      January 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anonymous

    Doping and lying are wrong, and it's right to strip him of his Tour wins, but I respect the guy for beating cancer and come back to participate in arguably the most grueling competition out there.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mireille taar

    I feel sorry for the foundation, the people worldwide that were fooled for so many years, his children who will assume an unnecessary burden, the doubts planted in people's hearts with future competitors. What a world we live in, and it's all in the name of fame and money. Only we can change it at the grassroots levels, and demand of ourselves the same if not higher criteria than we ask of others. We must find a way also, to stop this post-action cheap apologizing, which opens up the road for more unconscious actions, people must face the consequences of their actions, and to create a better world, we must focus on prevention, prevention, prevention, curing has become way too easy.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Texan

    Lance's personal shortcomings do not negate the positive and needed work of the Livestrong Foundation. Please don't slight the foundation because of your personal feeling for Mr. Armstrong.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Wally Gator

    Who is Lance Armstrong? I already forgot!

    January 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowdogg

      Sarah Palin's BF... now do you remember?

      January 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Nobody can "save" Lance Armstrong: surely he realises that he can not restore the adulation that he once enjoyed.
    However, he can still make money by speaking and writing about his deception and his apologies. Actually, he can make a lot of money.
    Good show, Lance.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BoFo

    When Armstrong is done with his tearful confessions and apologies, I hope he just evaporates and goes away. He is a disgrace. I hope, too, that the Livestrong people will be able to fnd other jobs when this organization ultimately goes down in flames.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Colin Morgan

    Lance is not an evil guy. I have no desire to make him out to be the devil. It was just a disappointment. Also, he's a bit of a d-bag for dragging this out as long as he did, but whatever. If any good will come of this, let's just hope that Livestrong carries on and continues the good fight against Cancer. That is what ultimately matters here.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ao

    RIP your mother.

    Yet I struggle to understand, how did Armstrong make your mother's situation worse?

    January 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mireille taar

    Why does this comment section keep going blank? Is CNN trying to protect Lance Armstong? This is now the second occurrence.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rahul

    He cheated and profited monetarily from that.
    He denied cheating until every single iota of proof was against him.
    He should be in jail. He may now genuinely regret his actions but he deserves a greater punishment.
    People who are not famous, some common folks, have suffered grievously for much smaller crimes.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark

    Ho-hum.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
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