Armstrong may have yet more to lose if he admits to having doped
By Chantal Valery ,AFPWASHINGTON -- The 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.
January 14, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The disgraced Texan's decision to talk to the famed U.S. 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 once.
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 Peter Keane, law professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, of the cyclist's decision to give the interview, which will be aired Thursday.
“He's in considerable jeopardy of some sort of criminal prosecution ... for which he could go to prison,” Keane said.
The threats to Armstrong's liberty stem from the fallen icon's role in the U.S. Postal Service team, where he spent his most successful years in the saddle.
Having been paid by the government, the former team leader could face criminal charges for making fraudulent statements to his bosses.
He could also be accused of perjury over disclosures made under oath to a U.S. federal jury in 2005. If convicted, each false statement could lead to five years in jail.