Anderson Cooper on Lance Armstrong Doping Scandal: “He Was a Complete Jerk About This For Years and Years”





Don’t expect Anderson Cooper and disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong to go bike riding anytime soon.  On Wednesday's episode of Anderson, Cooper and guest co-host Dari Alexander discussed Armstrong copping to using performance-enhancement drugs in an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Silver Fox remarked:

I've got to say he was a complete jerk about this for years and years and years. He wouldn't just deny this. He would go after and try to destroy the people who were telling the truth and people who were telling the truth would get anonymous death threats. Even the guy from the anti-doping agency got anonymous email death threats; it's not known who it's from.

Watch Cooper go in on Armstrong after the jump!



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11 Responses

  1. Avatar of MsAgentProvocateur1
    MsAgentProvocateur1

    At the end of last year, I read a pretty in depth article by the New York Times about the cycle (no pun intended) of doping with Lance Armstrong and the details would make your hair curl! He was not only a prolific user of banned substances, mainly EPO (administered by doctors to people who have severe anemia), a blood booster– but he used threats to ensure that his team doped too. It was pretty shocking!

    I’m not a cycling enthusiast, I’ve only once watched the last 15 minutes of the finish of the Tour de France nor am I one to indulge in hero worship but his systematic abuse and bullying of teammates to participate in the systematic abuse of EPO, etc. was/is pretty heinous and fans of his/cycling have to be pretty crestfallen about what has happened in this sport, not only with Armstrong but with the cycle of abuse altogether.

  2. Avatar of GHteenybopper
    GHteenybopper

    Yes Lance cheated and was wrong but so do the majority of cyclist. The media is as always looking for someone to crucify. He screws up big and people suddenly forget about all the good he’s done. He’s helped to raise over 500 million dollars for cancer research. That, to me is huge. I’m not justifying his cheating, nor am I condoning it. At the end of day we’re all human and we all make mistakes in our lives. It seems everyone is forgetting his contributions to cancer research and condemning him like they’re saints and have done no wrong. I do hope in his interview with Oprah that he apologizes to the people who’ve been honest.

  3. Avatar of noway
    noway

    When the media is allowed to make you, then they take such glee in breaking you…..

    I see his wins were then given to the one who came in second….NOT…cause they were ALL doping. Just like baseball in the 90′s, nothing to see here, move on.

  4. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    [quote=GHteenybopper]Yes Lance cheated and was wrong but so do the majority of cyclist. The media is as always looking for someone to crucify. He screws up big and people suddenly forget about all the good he’s done.[/quote]

    If the allegations against him from his former friends and colleagues are true, he willfully ruined people’s lives. I mean, really destroyed people. That trumps any good he might have done. I hope he addresses those accusations with Oprah, because that’s what I care about more than the doping accusations against him.

  5. Avatar of bottomchef
    bottomchef

    like that bitchy anderson cooper has any higher moral ground. mr. open relationship needs to shut his trashy mouth!

    cnn is a joke bec of him.

    his flop daytime talk show got axed bec he exuded no warmth and he was worshipping women from the real housewives franchise and the commonality between blanderson and them is that they are superficial.

    blanderson comes from old money being a vanderbilt but money can’t buy him good taste.

    he has a yale education yet all he does is read off a teleprompter from cnn.

    cooper’s a ratings disaster at cnn and no one can take that news network seriously bec of him.

    he’s damaged his brand and he should be fired.

  6. Avatar of GHteenybopper
    GHteenybopper

    TVGord, him and his other cycling buddies doping it up to ride a damn bike does not trump his contributions to cancer research. The majority of the lives he’s supposedly ruined chose to use PEDs themselves and therefore ruined their own lives. Unless Lance strapped them down to a chair and I injected them against their will, I don’t see how he should be responsible for another mans decisions/actions. How many other cyclists or other celebrities for that matter have you heard have raised over 500 million for cancer research? When someone you cared about dies, do you focus more on their negative aspects, or do you remember the good? I guess it’s your choice to say his bad “trumps” his good, perhaps that’s just the cynic in you. It’s not like he was a murderer or a rapist or the only athlete to cheat. I won’t let his cheating wash away how contributions to a horrible disease that many do not survive.

  7. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    So, you’ll excuse anything horrible that he may have done because he hid behind his foundation. Amazing.

    You obviously haven’t read the accusations against him with an open mind, so there’s no point in getting into a debate with you.

  8. Avatar of GaryJr
    GaryJr

    I agree with TV Gord…I can get over the doping because they were all doing it. But he went out of his way to sue, libel and threaten people who spoke the truth: doctors & the wives of cyclists not just the cyclists themselves. He even went so far as to wish harm on them and hoped their lives were ruined. He’s a monster and he is deserving of every piece of negativity & litigation that befalls him. Utterly pathetic.

  9. Avatar of thecourt99
    thecourt99

    [quote=GHteenybopper]TVGord, him and his other cycling buddies doping it up to ride a damn bike does not trump his contributions to cancer research. The majority of the lives he’s supposedly ruined chose to use PEDs themselves and therefore ruined their own lives. Unless Lance strapped them down to a chair and I injected them against their will, I don’t see how he should be responsible for another mans decisions/actions. How many other cyclists or other celebrities for that matter have you heard have raised over 500 million for cancer research? When someone you cared about dies, do you focus more on their negative aspects, or do you remember the good? I guess it’s your choice to say his bad “trumps” his good, perhaps that’s just the cynic in you. It’s not like he was a murderer or a rapist or the only athlete to cheat. I won’t let his cheating wash away how contributions to a horrible disease that many do not survive.[/quote]

    I won’t speak for TVGord, but when I say that Lance ruined the lives of others, I am not talking about the choices that they made to inject themselves. I am talking about the fact that when they told the truth, Lance defamed them publicly, destroying their credibility and in some cases, wishing harm on them individually. It makes Lance the ultimate hypocrite because in the end, they were the ones being honest about their wrongdoing, and he bashed them for it when he was the one being dishonest.

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