Will Armstrong confess to using performance enhancing drugs?

Published On January 5, 2013 | By Kimberly Petalas

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is apparently weighing the idea of admitting to using performance enhancing drugs.

Armstrong, who was stripped of all seven titles in October, strongly denied the doping charges when he was first accused of them. Now, he is contemplating the idea of admitting to the charges.

According to the report by The New York Times, an anonymous source said he was considering admitting to the use of the drugs so he could restore his athletic name for triathlons and other events. Armstrong has been banned for life from any events sanctioned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Tim Herman, Armstrong’s attorney, told The Associated Press he was unaware of Armstrong considering a confession.

“When, and if, Lance has something to say, there won’t be any secret about it,” said Herman.

The allegations of doping by the USADA against Armstrong and his teammates has seriously hurt his career. Even though he has denied it, he has lost most, if not all of his corporate sponsors. He also stepped down from the board of Livestrong, the cancer-fighting charity he founded in 1997.

The anonymous source also said that Armstrong had met with Travis Tygart, the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s chief executive, in order to lessen the ban he received for allegedly doping during the Tour.  The source said Armstrong was also hoping to meet with David Howman, the director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Herman denied that Armstrong was talking to Tygart and said he was not looking to speak with Howman, either.

Tygart declined to comment and Howman did not immediately respond to a phone call and an e-mail.

While it is not clear on whether or not Armstrong will confess, if he wants to be able to compete in any athletic events in the future, it looks like it would be the only option.

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Kimberly graduated from Hofstra University in December 2012. She has been a sports fan her whole life and grew up around sports, whether it was playing or watching them. She started her writing career interning for her local newspaper, The Gardner News, where she currently works as a reporter. In college, Kimberly wrote for Long Island Report, as well as Her Campus Hofstra.