LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. But is his image forever tarnished?
A cycling fan or not, we couldn’t find anyone on Hollywood Boulevard that didn’t know the name Lance Armstrong.
But whether they think he still has a place in the cycling world after reportedly coming clean on steroid use — that’s another story.
“I would say that he did not come clean in the manner that I expected,” Winfrey told CBS on Tuesday morning, a day after the two-and-a-half hour interview.
“I choose not to characterize. I would rather people make their own decisions about whether he was contrite or not,” she added.
“I felt that he was thoughtful. I thought that he was serious. I thought that he certainly had prepared himself for this moment.”
Once a revered athlete for his triumphant battle with testicular cancer and his dominance over the sport of cycling, Armstrong’s image has taken a major hit.
Just last October, he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles over allegations that he benefited from years of doping and receiving illicit blood transfusions.
Here in Hollywood, opinions on Armstrong are mixed.
“I thought it was just awful. Just showed his true character after all,” said fan Kurt Koller.
“He did something wrong, but he’s done probably far more good than he’s done wrong,” another fan remarked.
“I think it’s good that he finally came clean with it,” Jessica Milano said. “I don’t think he should have lied in the first place, but as long as he’s truthful now, that should be it, you know?”