Lance Armstrong on Doping: 'I'd Probably Do It Again'
Lance Armstrong raised some eyebrows in a new interview, telling BBC he would dope again if he had to go back and do it all over.
Armstrong argued that doping was “pervasive” in cycling in the 1990s and necessary to win. He said that has now changed.
"If I was racing in 2015, no, I wouldn't do it again because I don't think you have to. If you take me back to 1995, when doping was completely pervasive, I would probably do it again,” he said.
The seven-time Tour de France champion did say that he regrets how he behaved during his career.
"I would want to change the man that did those things, maybe not the decision, but the way he acted," said Armstrong.
"The way he treated people, the way he couldn't stop fighting. It was unacceptable, inexcusable."
Armstrong, who finally came clean to Oprah Winfrey in 2013 after years of allegations and denials, was stripped of his titles and received a lifetime ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
He hopes the time will come where he can be accepted again by the public.
"Listen, of course I want to be out of timeout, what kid doesn't?"
The "Outnumbered" hosts weighed in today on Armstrong's new statements, with Charles Payne arguing that maybe Armstrong could have changed the culture in cycling back then, instead of cheating along with everyone else.
Payne said Armstrong could still have been revered as a hero just by completing the Tour de France after beating cancer.
Watch the discussion above.