In advance of Lance Armstrong’s highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey, the cyclist offered an apology to the staff of Livestrong today, according to a report from the AP. Amstrong resigned as Chairman of the organization in October and from the Board in November, after choosing not to challenge the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s proceedings against him.
Rae Bazzarre, Director of Communications and External Affairs for Livestrong, confirmed the report. Bazzarre said “Lance came to the Livestrong Foundation’s headquarters today for a private conversation with our staff and offered a sincere and heartfelt apology for the stress they’ve endured because of him and urged them to keep up their great work fighting for people affected by cancer.”
The anonymous source in the AP report said that Armstrong did not confess to using illegal drugs to the Livestrong staff. Still, the timing of Armstrong’s apology is interesting, coming just hours before his interview with Oprah Winfrey. It could help to even further distance himself from Livestrong before the interview, where he is expected to admit to drug use.
The 90-minute Oprah Winfrey interview with Armstrong is scheduled to air Thursday at 9pm on OWN.