What is there left to confess, right? It’s done and done. Lance Armstrong, widely accepted as a cheater via an elaborate blood doping process, will finally confess during his interview with Oprah Winfrey today. Or will he? (The interview will air Thursday, 1/17 on the Oprah Winfrey Network)
The moment Armstrong chose to interview with Winfrey, it was assumed that he would be offering a confession, regardless of the fact that he never stated, “I’m ready to confess.” Now, it’s being referred to as a “limited confession” — whatever that means. Perhaps he’ll swim deep below the surface and suggest that there were certain years in which he cheated, others in which he did not. Who knows?
What is factual: Armstrong met with the board at Livestrong earlier today and, according to alleged sources within the closed doors, it was a very emotional meeting. Ultimately, Armstrong urged the foundation to continue in the good work that they were doing. According to the same unnamed source, he did not speak of guilt or innocence within the confines of the closed-door meeting.
If Armstrong is guilty and chooses to confess, or is in the process of offering a confession while I peck away at this keyboard, it seems there might be some genuine good that could come from all of it. Lance Armstrong could serve as cleaning tool within all professional sport. He should offer his services, his know and impressive understanding to the very organizations which he worked so hard to defraud. Make no mistake — he did work hard, regardless of riding clean or dirty.
Beyond his immense error in judgment, and his choice to execute competitive strategies based on those errors, he could still have a lasting legacy that reflects a positive light. His story could read that he allowed humility to eventually trump pride, arrogance and false reputation in order to do what was right. He could suggest new methods of testing for all sports, including the endurance sports like cycling, which have seen rampant use of doping and PEDs for premier achievement. Or he could continue to play the victim. Let’s hope he tells the truth and chooses to progress.