(AUSTIN, Texas) — Lance Armstrong apologized Monday to the Livestrong staff ahead of his interview with Oprah Winfrey, a foundation official said.
The disgraced cyclist gathered with about 100 Livestrong Foundation staffers at their Austin, Texas, headquarters for a meeting that included social workers who deal directly with patients as part of the group’s mission to support cancer victims.
Armstrong’s “sincere and heartfelt apology” generated lots of tears, spokeswoman Katherine McLane said, adding that he “took responsibility” for the trouble he has caused the foundation.
McLane declined to say whether Armstrong’s comments included an admission of doping, just that the cyclist wanted the staff to hear from him in person rather than rely on second-hand accounts.
Armstrong then took questions from the staff.
Armstrong’s story has never changed. In front of cameras, microphones, fans, sponsors, cancer survivors — even under oath — Lance Armstrong hasn’t just denied ever using performance enhancing drugs, he has done so in an indignant, even threatening way.
Monday, sources tell ABC News, will be different. Armstrong is expected to rewrite his own, now infamous story, to Winfrey.
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Ray Sanchez, CNN Newswire
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