And Betsy Andreu — who visited Armstrong during a 1996 cancer treatment, when he told a doctor in her presence that he’d used a number of performance enhancing drugs — wants the shamed cyclist to face prosecution for his lies.
“I do not think he will ever fully admit or take responsibility for his drug taking,” the wife of Armstrong’s former teammate and one-time friend, Frankie Andreu, told Celebuzz in an exclusive interview.
“Going on Oprah is just a way to win public sympathy for him… I think it will be more crocodile tears from Lance – he chose Oprah because she is not known for hard hitting interviews.
“My husband and I just want him to go away.”
She added: “I believe that the authorities should open a full criminal investigation into Lance Armstrong.”
Armstrong, having already been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, could face jail if he uses the interview on Oprah’s Next Chapter on January 17 to overturn more than a decade of strenuous denials.
Having been paid by the government, the former national icon could face criminal charges for making fraudulent statements to his bosses.
He could also be accused of perjury over disclosures made under oath to a US federal jury in 2005. If convicted, each false statement could lead to five years in jail.
“If I were his lawyer, I’d be telling him not to do it. I think he’s crazy,” said Peter Keane, law professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, of the cyclist’s decision to give the interview.
“He’s in considerable jeopardy of some sort of criminal prosecution… for which he could go to prison.”
Frankie Andreu was the team captain of Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service cycling team along with Lance Armstrong in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Years earlier, after Armstrong had been diagnosed with cancer, the Andreus, who were engaged at the time, visited the Texas cyclist in his Indiana hospital room.
They’ve long claimed they overheard Armstrong, 41, tell doctors who were preparing him for chemotherapy that he had taken an array of performance-enhancing drugs including EPO, testosterone, growth hormone and cortisone.
In the wake of speaking out, Betsy said she received numerous threats, including a voicemail message left on her phone, which said: “I hope somebody breaks a baseball bat over your head.”
She told Celebuzz: “Dealing with Lance Armstrong is like dealing with the mafia.”
“We lost a lot of jobs and our lives were really affected by him and his actions,” added Betsy, who now lives with her husband and two children in Dearborn, Michigan.
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In October, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a report which alleged there was overwhelming evidence that he was directly involved in a sophisticated doping program.
In 1,000 pages of damning evidence and sworn testimony, posted on USADA’s website, it emerged 15 cyclists had claimed they had knowledge of Armstrong’s doping activities when he was a member of the U.S. Postal Service Cycling team.
The evidence included financial payments, emails, scientific data and laboratory test results that, according to USADA, proved the “use, possession and distribution of performance enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong and confirm the disappointing truth about the deceptive activities of the USPS Team,” the organization said.
“The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen,” USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said, in a statement.
Andreu previously told Celebuzz he believed Armstrong decided not to fight charges brought by USADA because he knew his own guilt.
“I had no idea that USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) had so much evidence to take away so many results from Lance,” Andreu said.
“Perhaps he settled to keep this information from the public.
“Lance fights everything, so I’m surprised he chose not to fight the charges,” added Andreu, who in 2006 confessed to doping while on the U.S. Postal Service team with Armstrong in 1999.
He “sounds like a broken record repeating the same lines we have already heard hundreds of times from him,” he said.