The Straits Times
Published on Jan 13, 2013

Armstrong could end up in jail if he admits doping


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Cyclist Lance Armstrong could lose much more than his already ravaged reputation if he confesses to doping this week during a television interview with Oprah Winfrey - he could end up in jail.

The disgraced Texan's decision to talk to the famed United States talk show host has divided opinion, as some say he needs to do something radical to rehabilitate his public profile, while others say speaking out will only make matters worse.

The crux of the matter is whether Armstrong, having been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, will finally admit that he was a drugs cheat. Such a confession would overturn more than a decade of strenuous denials.

"If I were his lawyer, I'd be telling him not to do it. I think he's crazy," said Law Professor Peter Keane from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, of the cyclist's decision to give the interview, which will be aired on Thursday.