The second part of Lance Armstrong's interview aired tonight, continuing the conversation between Oprah Winfrey and the pro-cyclist who has confessed to taking performance enhancing drugs for his races. Among the topics of discussion during tonight's portion of the interview, Armstrong discussed having to talk to his son about the truth of his situation.
Throughout both parts of the interview, Armstrong has appeared candid and seemed fairly remorseful, not only admitting to the drug use and blood dosing during his pro-cycling career, but also admitting to bullying and lying to protect his reputation. While fans are likely disappointed (to say the least), those closest to Armstrong have to be feeling the worst of this, and that would surely include his kids. In the video below, he talks about finally sitting down and confessing the truth to his son over the holidays.
"I said listen, there's been a lot of questions about your dad, my career, whether I doped or did not dope. I've always denied that and I've always been ruthless and defiant about that. You guys have seen that. That's probably why you trusted me on it, which makes it even sicker. And I said, I want you to know that it's true."
Armstrong goes on to say that he told his son not to defend him anymore.
He also spoke about the apologies he owes…
I'm sure there are a lot of people who feel they deserve an apology over this, whether it be because he sued them or called them a liar, or because they defended him vehemently and now it turns out, the claims were all true.
Armstrong does appear remorseful and in the interview, he's openly admitted to everything Oprah called him out on. Maybe he didn't have a choice or perhaps it's that he has nothing left to lose and this is his chance to come clean, set the record straight, face the music and move on. Now that it's out, can he re-build his career? Will he ever be able to regain his fans and sponsors he once had? That remains to be seen.
Watch a couple clips and read about the ratings for the first part of Armstrong's interview on Oprah's Next Chapter here.