Daniel Coyle, Roger Cossack and Juliet Macur discuss the risks and motivation behind Lance Armstrong talking to Oprah.
"This is a perfect lens into the way Lance's brain works," says Coyle. "He's really good at figuring out complex situations...at this point he figured the best path forward was to go to Oprah."
If Armstrong does admit to cheating in the interview, why was he compelled to come forward now? He's spent years aggressively denying accusations, and he could have avoided being banished for life when the USADA invited him to confess and help restore the integrity of the sport.
Macur says it boils down to what has always been his main focus: competing. She points out, "the difference between several months ago and now is that he's had several months of no competition, and for a guy like Lance Armstrong, that must be torture."
Anderson Cooper asked Cossack what the legal ramifications could be. Because of a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former teammate Floyd Landis, which the Department of Justice may join, the athlete could owe "in excess of $100 million." Depending on what Armstrong reveals, he may have to pay his team's sponsor, the U.S Postal Service, for breaking his contract. "As a lawyer, it goes against everything that I know," says Cossack about the televised interview.
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