Lance Armstrong to Son: ‘Don’t Defend Me Any More’
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong became emotional during the second part of his exclusive two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Friday night (Jan 18).
The seven-time Tour de France winner said that he still wants to compete, and he confirmed that he has been undergoing therapy to deal with what he calls his ‘demons.’
But Armstrong said the most painful thing he’s had to do recently is admit the truth to his children, especially his 13-year-old son.
“When this all started,” Armstrong told Oprah Winfrey, “I saw (my son) defending me, and saying ‘That’s not true. What you’re saying about my Dad isn’t true.’ And I told him…”
At this juncture in the interview, Armstrong broke down, choking back tears, visibly wracked by pain and embarrassment.
Then he continued. “I said to him, ‘Don’t defend me any more.’”
Despite Armstrong’s confessions to Oprah, officials with a world anti-doping agency say they believe Armstrong is still lying about the extent of his drug use.
They say there is significant evidence that that he also took performance-enhancing drugs during his Tour de France comeback in 2009 and 2010, something that Armstrong continues to deny.