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Betsy Andreu, one of the most well-known names in the Lance Armstrong controversy, was on Off the Ball last night to tell Eoin McDevitt about her reaction to Armstrong’s interview with Oprah, Armstrong’s contact with her prior to the interview and her disgust with the way many who once stood by Armstrong are now running with public opinion and attacking the Texan, despite their role in enabling his cheating through wilful ignorance.
Andreu appeared on CNN following part one of the Armstrong interview and, visibly emotional, expressed her anger towards Armstrong over his refusal to accept that he had lied about her version of events related to his doping and also his refusal to fully apologise for publicly
However, Armstrong was not the only focus of Andreu’s anger. She feels the media, with some notable exceptions, had behaved like “fanboys” during their time covering Armstrong but were now guilty of massive hypocrisy as they expressed outrage at the content of the revelations of Armstrong’s crimes. Andreu said she had “a real problem with the media who put this guy on a pedestal” but were now “dragging him through the mud”. Andreu feels that many of those who are now loudly shouting about their disgust with Armstrong were the very ones who had enabled his deception by failing to undertake their responsibility as journalists. One particular American journalist who came in for harsh criticism was ESPN’s Rick Reilly. “That guy was complicit in covering Lance’s bleep, and now he’s enraged with fury? You gotta be kidding me”, Andreu said.
Listen to the full interview below and watch the video of Andreu on CNN