Lance Armstrong has been interviewed on the Irish sports radio show Off the Ball on Newstalk radio in advance of his appearance at the forthcoming One Zero Con sports conference in Dublin.
His interview with Ger Gilroy was a tense affair where he was asked about his treatment of Greg LeMond and Paul Kimmage. Armstrong describes himself as “a complete dickhead” when asked how he dealt with Kimmage when the Irish journalist was investigating Armstrong’s doping past.
He’s also asked about the testimony given by Betsy Andreu where she stated that Armstrong had admitted to a doctor that he had been doping in 1998.
“I’ve apologised multiple times [to Betsy Andreu]. Here’s the thing Ger, you’re a big boy, I’m a big boy, she’s a big girl. What I’ve learned is you can’t force someone to accept an apology. Whether it’s the Andreus, whether it’s the LeMonds, whether it’s Emma O’Reilly […] I’ve traveled the world to make it right with these people.”
“Here’s the thing Ger, I sat in that room not only with Greg and Kathy but with his lawyer and with my lawyer, and there were plenty of other people in that room, and I apologised to them. Never at any time did Greg and/or Kathy say ‘hey, we feel like you owe us financially.’ I don’t need to get into the details of the conversation, the most important part is that I was sorry for my actions, I was embarrassed by my actions, and they accepted the apology.”
“I don’t have a recollection of that conversation. This is perhaps where Betsy and I can never reconcile. She has a strong memory of it and I do not have a strong memory of it. I think it’s highly improbable that at that moment in a patient’s treatment process, that a doctor would come in and have an open conversation about that in front of a bunch of strangers.”
“I’m sorry for the way I treated the Andreus, I have said that. I would love, at some point, for them to accept my apology, but some people just aren’t in that place and may never be.”
Turning his attention to the suggestions that he may well sit down with Paul Kimmage for an in depth interview at some point, Armstrong said: “Paul’s an interesting case. I had one interaction with Paul at the press conference in California. I didn’t handle it right. I’d love to, whether it’s in an interview or over a beer or whatever, I’d sit with Paul any time and say ‘Hey, my bad, I’m sorry. I was a complete dickhead.”
There was a lot of reaction on social media after Armstrong appeared to hang up on presenter Ger Gilroy at the end of their tense 30-minute interview.
You can listen the full interview here.
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