Twitter Erupts with Lance Armstrong's Admission of Guilt During Oprah Interview

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Twitter Erupts with Lance Armstrong's Admission of Guilt During Oprah Interview

The Twitter world exploded Thursday night, as fallen hero Lance Armstrong confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs in his interview with Oprah Winfrey.

After years of aggressive self-defense, the seven-time Tour de France winner came clean to Winfrey. The interview, which was conducted Monday and aired Thursday on Oprah's network OWN, saw Armstrong admit to using banned substances within the first two minutes.

Armstrong's confession comes after he was stripped of all seven of his Tour de France titles and his 2000 Olympic bronze medal. He also lost all of his sponsorships and stepped down as the chairman of the Livestrong foundation.

Once seen as an iconic and inspirational figure, the disgraced cyclist has now begun a long and possibly endless path to redemption. Here is how the social media world responded to his confession.

 

Twitter Reaction

SportsCenter anchor Stan Verrett pointed out that Armstrong robbed the clean cyclists he was competing against (assuming there were clean cyclists at the time).

Armstrong said he believed Floyd Landis eventually did him in, as Wayne McDonnell, Jr., a professor at New York University, tweeted.

Amidst all the emotion, let's give blogger Tucker Grady some props for the funniest tweet of the night.

As Jay Busbee of Yahoo! Sports said, one of the most mind-boggling moments was when Armstrong said he sued so many people he couldn't remember them all.

Despite allegations, Armstrong said he never paid someone to cover-up a positive test, as John Kreger of talksport.co.uk mentioned.

It was a rough interview for Armstrong. Eric Stangel, head writer of the Late Show with David Letterman, provided a photo that summed up his evening.

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After years of saying he never failed a drug test, Armstrong amended his statement during the interview. Rob Harris of the Associated Press provided the quote.

David Grann of The New Yorker made a good point about Armstrong and the culture of cycling.

Armstrong has yet to answer some important questions, as Henry Blodget of The Business Insider mentioned.

Mark Hughes of the Daily Telegraph relayed one of Armstrong's best quotes from the night.

Armstrong's fall from grace is historic, but Dan Rafael of ESPN pointed out he has at least one advantage over Manti Te'o, this week's other humiliated superstar.

Rob Harris of the Associated Press provided a solid summary of the first part of the interview.

Karen Barlow of ABC tweeted Armstrong's quote about how his obsession with winning led to his PED use.

As ESPN's Adam Schefter said, this has been a rough week for iconic sports stars and their fans.

Actor Michael Ian Black added a little comedic relief with this response to one of Armstrong's more interesting quotes.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated provided all the essential confessions that Armstrong made.  

Oprah also asked Armstrong if he felt it was possible to win the Tour de France without doping. T.J. Quinn of ESPN provided his response.  

Despite the confessions, Sarah Lyall of the New York Times was not convinced that Armstrong was truly sorry.

A.J. Perez of FOX Sports tweeted one of Armstrong's most interesting quotes from the early minutes.

As author Jon Acuff pointed out, there are many victims of Armstrong's lying.

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