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Twitter Erupts as Lance Armstrong Extends Confession on Day 2 of Oprah Interview

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 19, 2013

After Lance Armstrong confessed that he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his cycling career to Oprah Winfrey in Thursday's interview, the world of Twitter was set on fire.

For the most part, Twitter did not take kindly to Armstrong's confession, with many believing he wasn't very remorseful or detailed about prior allegations.

Betsy Andreu, the wife of Armstrong's former teammate, Frankie Andreu, actually went on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 to voice her frustrations. Andreu said during testimony that she heard Armstrong admit to using PEDs in the hospital while undergoing cancer treatment, but Armstrong wouldn't address the claim in Thursday's interview.

Considering the backlash after Day 1 of the interview , it was only natural for the Twitter conversation to pick up right where it left off on Day 2.

Here's a look at Twitter's reaction following Part 2 of Armstrong's interview with Oprah.

 

Twitter Reaction

Before the second part of the interview, Bruce Arthur of the National Post deadpanned:

Now, to see if Lance Armstrong managed to magically become likable and forthright in the middle of a three-hour interview.

— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) January 19, 2013

 

Armstrong referenced all the sponsors that dropped him after the allegations, as T.J. Quinn of ESPN noted:

Lance talking about the calls from sponsors, Nike, Trek, Giro, all dropping him. "In a way I just assumed we'd get to that point."

— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) January 19, 2013

 

Sports reporter Jackie Pepper wasn't amused when Armstrong struggled while talking about losing sponsorships:

Armstrong looks like he could break up at any moment talking about... losing his sponsors.Yikes. $$$Now, onto #Livestrong talk..

— Jackie Pepper (@Jackie_Pepper) January 19, 2013

 

Armstrong also talked about stepping down as head of the Livestrong Foundation amid the allegations, per the New York Daily News sports investigation team:

"I was aware of the pressure. It was the best thing for the organization, but it hurt like hell," says Lance of Livestrong severing ties.

— NYDN Sports I-Team (@NYDNSportsITeam) January 19, 2013

 

The historic cyclist talked about how painful it was for him to step down from Livestrong, via Cindy Boren of The Washington Post:

Armstrong's most humbling moment? Being asked to step down from Livestrong, which is "like my sixth child."

— Cindy Boren (@CindyBoren) January 19, 2013

 

Orla Chennaoui of Sky Sports tried to get inside the mind of Armstrong:

Hint of actual emotion as Oprah talks about a cancer victim who was inspired by Lance? Or a return of the pride of role he revelled in?

— Orla Chennaoui (@SkyOrla) January 19, 2013

 

The New York Daily News sports investigation team brought up a valid point:

If Lance won't talk about Betsy Andreu and the hospital confession, how can he say he is facing his demons?

— NYDN Sports I-Team (@NYDNSportsITeam) January 19, 2013

 

Bleacher Report national lead writer Dan Levy was blunt about Armstrong's confession:

Apologize with your check book, dude. #lance

— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) January 19, 2013

 

Oprah then asked Armstrong about David Walsh, the journalist who first raised questions about the cyclist in 1999. 

T.J. Quinn of ESPN tweeted:

Do you owe David Walsh an apology?"I would apologize to David." He doesn't sound like he's dying to.

— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) January 19, 2013

 

Armstrong also explained why he repeatedly denied the allegations, per Josh Levs of CNN:

Lance Armstrong tells @oprah he was a guy who "thought he was invincible." And "that guy's still there" but needs to be "exiting."

— Josh Levs (@joshlevscnn) January 19, 2013

Of course, given Armstrong is attempting to win back people he lied to, it was only fitting that he would turn to Oprah herself during the interview.

Kelly O'Donnell of NBC News tweeted:

"I understand your anger, your sense of betrayal..you supported me forever..you believed & I lied to you" @lancearmstrong to @oprah

— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) January 19, 2013

 

Scott Johnston of TheFootyBlog.net reflected on how out of touch the historic cyclist really was:

For a cancer survivor to call being banned from competitive sport a death penalty shows Armstrong has no sense of reality.

— Scott Johnston (@thefootyblognet) January 19, 2013

 

Armstrong did say he felt sorry for what he did, per T.J. Quinn of ESPN:

"Do I have remorse? Absolutely. For me this is just the first steps."

— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) January 19, 2013

 

Ben Greenman, editor of The New Yorker, was one of many who couldn't believe what he was watching:

Lance Armstrong genuinely seems to not know the difference between real remorse and fake remorse, even when asked directly.

— Ben Greenman (@bengreenman) January 19, 2013

 

Cindy Boren of The Washington Post added:

"I've had a messy life," Armstrong says. Boy howdy, yes.

— Cindy Boren (@CindyBoren) January 19, 2013

 

Don Van Natta Jr. of ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com wasn't buying Armstrong's excuses:

Lance Armstrong's doping, lying, intimidation, bullying were consistent. His therapy was "sporadic." Got it.

— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) January 19, 2013

 

After the 41-year-old talked about his son denying the allegations, Bleacher Report Front Page Editor Joseph Merkel tweeted:

Only Armstrong I feel bad for is the son that kept sticking up for him. May never trust his father again.

— Joseph Merkel (@Joseph_Merkel) January 19, 2013

 

ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell was one of few people in the Twitterverse that focused on the positives of Armstrong's life:

Negatives don't cancel out positives, but if you collectively add up all the good Lance has done, I'd put the + up against any athlete.

— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) January 19, 2013

 

He added:

Lance has ruined lives, true. Inexcusable. But I've seen Lance with kids who had days left, videos he recorded. Can't take that away.

— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) January 19, 2013

 

While Oprah cross-examined Armstrong on Thursday, Don Van Natta Jr. wasn't impressed with the second part of the interview on Friday:

Last night, @oprah was a prosecutor with a target in her crosshairs. Not tonight. This is Oprah's Forgiveness Hour of Power.

— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) January 19, 2013

 

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