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. tb3326

    You seem to have his lies confused with the terrible loss. One has noting to do wiht the other.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. richard daly

    If his latest ploy helps him to regain some of the sponsers that canned him, watch how fast Clemens &
    Bond's offer a teary confession.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cestlavie 3

    He's perhaps the most proficient pathological liar I have ever observed. Him or Roger Clemens.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JoeDirt

    But the corporate sponsors were happy to have him winning when he did. Helping along the way, provided what he needed and then after they made their money, they collectively act, and I do mean act, surprised that all of this was happening. Blaming Lance for cheating is like blaming a welfare recipient for the financial woes of our budget. He did what he thought he needed to do and was encouraged to do to help the team win. No way the folks making money from Lance's competitions were not aware. Had Lance not done it, someone else would've. It's all about the Benjamins.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TruthHurts

    Why do you hate him so much. He only tried to raise cancer awareness in people. No doubt he was successful at that. What do you have to do with his personal cheating or not with your loved ones dying of cancer ?

    January 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. barryc16

    Just remember how he maligned everyone who confessed and implicated him, his fellow team mates, the assisstants. I think the Livestrong Foundation needs to dissolve as it was built on his character, and greed, for that matter. There's no other way out.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    "Mistakes were made...."

    January 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Choo

      He was talking about his marriage to Sheryl Crow.

      January 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Choo

    He used his cancer to justify his doping. Poor guy.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Wondering

      Could his doping caused his cancer?

      January 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Choo

      Hmmmm... I just looked up on google on my magic box and it does appear that there is a correlation between steroid abuse and testicular cancer. He may very well have caused his own cancer.

      January 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chau Nguyen

      It depends on what he used. I don't recall a correlation between EPO (oxygen booster for your blood) use and testicular cancer. But for steroids and artificial testosterone there is a correlation.

      January 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd in DC

      Not likely. Doping isn't steroids. Doping is withdrawing a pint of blood, then letting your body recover it, then adding the pint back in just before a race.

      The result is a lot of excess hemoglobin which adds indurance to a person due to the increased metabolic processes.

      It may be illegal, but it is highly undetectable, and relatively harmless over the long term.

      January 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Choo

      Doping includes drugs. I suppose it got its name erroneously from dopamine. Just like meth is a narcotic. I'm sure he used steroids at some point when he new he wouldn't be tested for months. Then he cut his hair real short before an event.

      January 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Winch

    I also have family and friends that have died of cancer, I wear the livestrong band proudly. Your anger is misplaced. What he did or didnt do while cycling really has NOTHING to do with the millions he has brought to cancer research and awareness.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scott

    Go away Lance. You have wasted a lot of people's time, money and energy to fulfill your sick ego. Get Lost.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TruthHurts

    I guess you supported cancer awareness whoever may have started it. Just focus on that and continue your good work. People come and go, you shouldn't deviate from your cause. Hating someone already fallen makes no sense. Other than harming himself (Lance), he did a pretty good job at raising awareness. Don't you think so ?

    January 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Julian

    Not sure I understand this post. He started the charity and it raised a lot of money for cancer research. Sure I imagine it is on hard times now.... but it wouldn't have existed without him

    January 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Big Picture

    Why so much hatred for Armstrong? Because he lied and got away with it for so long? How is that effecting you? Yes, he is a hero fallen from grace and is now paying the price, but people – get a grip. He is also a cancer survivor and the organization he founded has helped millions. If he does "confess", there will be much more for him to be accountable for, including lawsuits and jail time. So why would he? To help Livestrong not crumble and continue to benefit cancer patients worldwide.
    Let him confess, then go away. But stop the mob mentality.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Picture

      I surrender to the mob mentality. bdar – thanks for all your facts.
      Now burn him! Burn Livestrong! Let him rot in prison! I hope he has a cell next to the Wall Street CEO's!!!

      January 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ken

    Better late than never, don't know...curious as to what he said to Winfrey though....America is very forgiving but he is washed up and old news now...should have come clean long ago...so it won't mean much now if he finally admits it now...took lot of money to finally prove he is a cheat.....he should lose any money and pay back all he earned.....

    January 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Matthew Gavula

    He is only sorry because he got caught....its that simple.....he wasnt sorry when he was doing it, or when he knew it was the wrong thing to be doing.......again, he is only sorry because he was caught.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
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