SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (REUTERS) - New York Times journalist Juliet Macur, who broke the Lance Armstrongconfession story days before his annoucement to appear on Oprah Winfrey, says his return to competition is what motivates him.
"Lance really wants to compete. This is basically what this guy has done since he was just a kid growing up in the suburbs of Dallas. He did graduate high school, but just barely because he wanted to be a professional athlete and he made millions because of it and he earned the adulation of millions of people around the world because of it and because of his cancer foundation and right now he has none of that. He can't compete. He's cut all ties to Livestrong, his cancer foundation because of all the damage the scandal has been doing to it so basically Lance Armstrong is just a shell of what he once was."
Macur is skeptical, however, about how full a confession the world will see on January 17th and see a double standard in the Armstrong situation.
"David Millar, I believe gave his confession in a French Jail. So that is quite different thanLance Armstrong sitting on a cushy studio possibly with tissue in hand telling Oprah how sorry he is, if he indeed is sorry. So with Lance it's pretty much a surprise that he's doing it on Oprah rather than telling it to the U.S. Anti-doping Agency or the World Anti-Doping Agency first in anofficial confession so he could work out a deal with them to mitigate his lifetime ban."