Irish journalist who brought down Lance Armstrong is vindicated at last


Armstrong called O’Reilly, who owns her own business in Manchester, a whore while under oath during the SCA case.

The modest journalist, who has now won Best Sports Journalist and then Best Journalist, told the Irish Post Armstrong was a complete cheat.

“I ended up being the recipient of a ridiculous amount of praise, because I don’t deserve anything like the praise I got,” he says modestly.

Armstrong will confess and apologize about his dope use during a 90 minute interview that took place at his Austin home on Monday. The interview will air on Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey Network. It will be the first time Armstrong has publicly responded to the doping investigation. The Daily Mail reported, “A person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press a day earlier that Armstrong will give a limited confession and apologize.”

Armstrong will not likely give many details about his involvement in the doping scandal nor go into depth on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) allegations. Armstrong told the Associated Press on Saturday, “I told her (Winfrey) to go wherever she wants and I’ll answer the questions directly, honestly and candidly. That’s all I can say.”

A confession could impact a pending lawsuit by the Sunday Times. The Sunday Times, based in London, is suing Armstrong to recover the $600,000 fee for settling a libel lawsuit and SCA Promotions, based in Dallas, may sue him to recover more than $7.5 million which an arbitration panel awarded Armstrong as a bonus for his Tour de France win. He is also facing a lawsuit from the U.S. Postal Service filed by his former teammate Floyd Landis, who accused him of defrauding the postal service.

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Armstrong may make a confession in order to compete in elite triathlon and running competitions, in which he participated after his cycling career. The World Anti-Doping Code rules state that Armstrong’s lifetime ban cannot be reduced to less than eight years. WADA and U.S. Anti-Doping officials could reduce the ban further depending on Armstrong’s cooperation and how much information he provides. In a recent interview, USADA officials said Armstrong’s cooperation could start a “pathway to redemption.”

Last year Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after an investigation headed by the USADA. The agency accused Armstrong of heading a complex drug program comprising of steroids, blood boosters, and other performance enhancers. Chief executive Travis Tygart said it was “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” The final USADA report totalled more than 1,000 pages.