Lance Armstrong Faces Irreversible Lifetime Ban If He Doesn't Testify Under Oath

Michael DulkaContributor IJanuary 25, 2013

AUSTIN, TX - JANUARY 14:  In this handout photo provided by the Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah Winfrey (not pictured) speaks with Lance Armstrong during an interview regarding the controversy surrounding his cycling career January 14, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive no-holds-barred interview with Lance Armstrong, 'Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive,' has expanded to air as a two-night event on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.  The special episode of 'Oprah’s Next Chapter' will air Thursday, January 17 from 9-10:30 p.m. ET/PT (as previously announced) and Friday, January 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The interview will be simultaneously streamed LIVE worldwide both nights on  (Photo by George Burns/Oprah Winfrey Network via Getty Images)
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Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah apparently wasn't filled with total honesty. According to CBS News, the USADA is demanding Armstrong now tell the full truth:

CBS News: USADA tells Lance Armstrong to testify under oath by Feb 6 or lifetime ban will be irreversible -

— Matthew Keys (@TheMatthewKeys) January 25, 2013

According to the report, the official investigating Armstrong has called him out for his various lies during the interview. In a letter from USADA CEO Travis Tygart, Armstrong was told that he has until Feb. 6 to come out with the truth or his lifetime ban will be irreversible. If Armstrong testifies under oath, the USADA is willing to lessen the ban. 

Tygart claims that Armstrong lied about not using steroids during his comeback because Armstrong could still face persecution for fraud due to the timing. 

Armstrong has badly wanted to reverse his lifetime ban from the USADA. If he's serious about lifting the ban, Armstrong needs to come out with the truth. For all his talk about coming forward and admitting his steroid usage, Armstrong must now face the decision between telling the truth and further hiding behind his lies. 

The report makes Armstrong look even more slimy as he comes across as willing to do whatever it takes to get back into competition. At this point, it's hard to believe Armstrong and take him seriously. In what was expected to be a tell-all interview, he apparently cut corners and only told pieces of the story that couldn't hurt him outside of his already-damaged public perception.

If Armstrong hopes to rebuild his image, he still has tons of work to do. It starts with him testifying under oath and letting all the details of his cheating be known.