Lance Armstrong Whistleblower: It's Time to Come Clean, Sheryl Crow
The wife of Armstrong's former teammate thanks the singer for 'doing nothing' to expose the lies.
Sheryl Crow appeared sympathetic to her ex fiancé Lance Armstrong when she sat down with Entertainment Tonight — a move that has infuriated one of the shamed cyclist's chief critics.
Betsy Andreu, the wife of Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service teammate Frankie Andreu, last night reacted with anger to Crow's interview with host Nancy O'Dell, in which the singer said: "I think that honesty is always the best bet and that the truth will set you free."
The pair dated from 2003 until 2006, when they broke off their engagement. During the relationship, Armstrong rode in the Tour de France twice — and won both times.
A cautious Crow, 50, did not address whether she knew about Armstrong's use of steroids, human growth hormone, cortisone and EPO, even though she was reportedly in a room when he'd attempted to orchestrate part of his elaborate doping cover-up.
As we revealed, the nine-time Grammy winner was named twice in affidavits submitted to the United States Anti Doping Association which blew the whistle on the seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong’s performance enhancing drug use.
According to the Andreus, the disgraced champion summoned Frankie to a room around 2004 in a bid to persuade him to convince his Betsy to sign a statement retracting her claim that Armstrong told doctors treating him for cancer that he’d taken performance enhancing drugs.
"Lance called me to his room to discuss the situation. He told me that Bill Stapleton (Armstrong’s agent) wanted to talk to me about the hospital room and have my wife sign a statement of support for Lance saying the hospital incident did not happen. His girlfriend at the time, Sheryl Crow, was in the room and I felt uncomfortable talking about this in front of her so I did not say much."Reacting to Crow's silence during her interview, Betsy pleaded with the singer to come clean.
“Peoples lives were decimated by Lance Armstrong and women like Sheryl Crow just stood by and were silent... that makes me angry,” she said.
“If she does know about Lance Armstrong’s drug taking, then she should come clean and take an affidavit about it."quizzed Crow about her ex lover's drug use, though it's unknown what she told them.
Betsy said she believes Crow made the decision not to tell all -- publicly, at least -- because she knows the scandal has become an "embarrassment" to her.
“Through this, my reputation has stayed intact," she said. "Nobody can say that I turned a blind eye to what was going-on.
"A lot of women including Lance’s former wife covered up what they knew.
“Sheryl Crow is financially a very successful person, but she should now be honest. My message to her and these others is, 'Thanks very much for doing nothing.'”