The confession is now history but Lance Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey raised more questions than answers. The 41-year-old admitted he doped during his victorious years at the Tour de France.
In the eyes of many, the revelations were just the tip of the iceberg and Oprah could have pushed Armstrong much more. Here are six questions we wish Oprah had asked him.
Should ‘It’s not about the bike’ be shifted to the fiction category?
There’s a book description on Amazon. It reads: People magazine called it “inspiring.” The New York Times called it “fascinating.” But perhaps the Cincinnati Enquirer said it best: “It’s not about the bike, or about the sport. It’s about the soul.” Now you tell us what it’s really about? Does the book even deserve to be categorised under Biographies and Memoirs? Is it even about cycling? Is it about cancer? Or is it just about lying?
Would you have ever confessed on your own?
Just check out Armstrong’s timing. Was this motivated by the fact the statute of limitations on prosecution for perjuring himself in 2005 had been reached? USADA offered him the opportunity to come clean last year but he waited. This wasn’t some grand gesture on his part. But would he have ever done this on his own or would he have taken his secrets to his grave? Did he ever smile inwardly at the act he was putting on? Did he take joy at being able to fool people?
Will you take a lie-detector test?
Armstrong is such an accomplished liar that you are never quite sure about the veracity of his statements. At the end of the interview, Oprah Winfrey thanked him for trusting her. It was a clear indication of who was pulling the strings here. Will he now sit down with USADA or Wada and tell them everything he knows? He should have to sit and prove every statement of his. But will he?
Just who is Michele ‘good guy’ Ferrari?
Ferrari was banned from sport for life following USADA report into Armstrong. And Armstrong calls him a ‘good guy.’ Good because he kept his mouth shut? Or good because he was the keep to Armstrong’s wins? Ferrari’s name was mentioned only three times in two and a half hours. “There are people in this story, they are good people, we’ve all made mistakes, they are not toxic and evil. I viewed Dr. Michele Ferrari as a good man and I still do,” Armstrong said. Maybe Armstrong may be also trying to protect Ferrari, who is under investigation on charges of money laundering, tax evasion and other crimes. The USADA report also showed that Armstrong worked with Ferrari through 2010 and evidence of payments totalling $1 million. Any which way… this confession leaves so many questions unanswered.
Will you compensate those whose lives you ruined?
As Armstrong said: “We sued a lot of people.” And now all those people will be lining up to sue him right back. The Sunday Times, SCA Promotions, UCI all want their money back but will he pay up? Armstrong made it to Forbes‘ list of the 50-highest earning sports stars. He earned a lot of money and a lot of fame, but it was all built on lies. He bullied other riders too. Will he now turn around at least give them a heartfelt apology?
And what about the cancer survivors who trusted you?
Armstrong got emotional when he spoke about his son Luke, who was trying to defend his dad. But what about the millions who believed in his lie? Don’t they deserve more than a stammered sorry? Armstrong gave little away during his interview. He confessed, but it was a confession that was made without feeling or regret. It still doesn’t feel real.