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Armstrong's former masseuse "surprised" at doping confession

posted 18 Jan 2013, 04:17 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 18 Jan 2013, 04:18 ]

Lance Armstrong's former masseuse Emma O'Reilly says she's surprised her former boss has admitted to doping but she's got no plans to sue him after he tried to discredit her.

 LONDONUNITED KINGDOM (JANUARY 18, 2013) (MUST GIVE ON) - Lance Armstrong's former masseuse has no plans to sue her former boss despite the American's admission for doping on Thursday (January 18) - something he has denied vehemently until now.

Emma O'Reilly tried to expose Armstrong's doping in 2003 but was sued by him for her efforts.

Armstrong ended years of denial earlier on Thursday (January 18) by finally coming clean with talk-show host Oprah Winfrey and admitting he had cheated his way to a record seven Tour de France titles with systematic use of banned, performance-enhancing drugs.

Speaking of Britain's Daybreak television show on ITV, O'Reilly said Armstrong's apology does not go far enough.

"In a sense it's old news to me....I'm just really surprised that he actually admitted it. Wow, he actually gave straight answers. I thought it was a great introduction from Oprah, to kind of just yes and no and he gave yes and no answers."

O'Reilly added vindication at being right was not her overriding emotion at watching Armstrong's television confession.

"I've never ever felt vindication. I can never think of another word to use but I hate that word because it suggests almost as if there was some form of vindictiveness," she said.

"But I had only ever spoken about it because I hated seeing what some of the riders were going through because not all the riders weren't as comfortable with cheating as Lance was. And you could see when he went over to the dark side the personalities change and I always felt it was an awesome shame. These were young lads in the prime of their health, prime of their life having to make this awful decision. They were living the dream but the dream was a nightmare."

Armstrong attempted to contact O'Reilly before the television confession aired but was unsuccessful.

O'Reilly said a text message from Armstrong to her contained "please" and "thanks", words that did not come out of the American's mouth often.

She added a part of has been pleased to have heard from him but the other wanted more as his apology did not come close to making up for what he put her through.

"One part of me was like, 'this is great', but the other part was 'you know what, the little runt'. I wanted to hit him across the head, drag him up to Manchester to apologise to people close to me, and eyeball them and apologise to them."

O'Reilly said she had no plans to sue Armstrong, despite his attempts to discredit her.

"More move on with my life, which is my way of always dealing, keep going with my life. And suing him, how would I employ his tactics?"