The tears....are they coming?
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Talking about his son, Luke, defending him at school, Armstrong fights back the tears.
I still remember Contador's line: "I respect Lance as a bike rider, but not as a person ..."
"At that time, I knew I had to say something. I knew I had to have a talk with him, which was over the holidays. There have been a lot of questions.... you always trusted me. I want you to know that it's true."
If his kids can accept it, so can we.
"I said don't defend me anymore. Don't"
He's trying to cry; but he is incapable.
"They didn't say much. They just accepted it. [long pause] I told Luke, don't defend me any more. Don't."
"[Son Luke] been remarkably calm and mature about this."
"He just said, look, I love you, you're my dad, this won't change that."
"Thank God he's more like Kristin than like me."
As the father of an almost 13-year-old son, I actually find this segment fairly genuine. I figured Oprah would save the emotional piece for Day 2.
Tugging on the heart strings, but is there a heart to tug?
Can't help but wonder if that conversation with his son, over holidays, is what prompted Armstrong's ultimate decision to confess
LA's challenge after tonight is to stop talking and start working on the repair process. No more interviews, tweets, public statements. Ultimately, he'll be judged by his actions, not his words.We'll know if he's serious in 5-10 years.
The kids knew before Lance told them. That's why they accepted it.
Being in Australia, one has to wonder if there will be Crocodile Dundee tears ... ?
Asked if he tried to buy off USADA: "No, that was not true. In the 1000-page Reasoned Decision, everything was in there. That was in there. Why not? That's a big story. That is not true."
Oh, now we should cry for you, eh?
What is the cost? "I don't like thinking about it, but that was a $75M day. Gone, and probably never coming back."
I wonder if there is anything in the 2010 Trek-Lemond settlement that governs what he can say abut Lemond.
I've reached out to USADA on this one, regarding the payoff. We'll see what comes back.
75 million reasons to keep pushing the lie ...
"I've been to a dark place [cancer] that was not my doing. It's helping me now. This is not the worst part of my life. It doesn't compare to an advanced diagnosis [of cancer]."