Perhaps worst of all, Armstrong lied repeatedly. Sometimes he would say he had never tested positive for PEDs, which isn't the same thing as being clean. But other times he would state flatly that he hadn't doped and wouldn't dope. An interview on CNN with Larry King and Bob Costas in August 2005 stands out.
King: “Can you unequivocally say you have never used an illegal substance ever?”
Armstrong: “Listen, I've said it for seven years. I've said it for longer than seven years. I have never doped. I can say it again, but I've said it for seven years. It doesn't help. But the fact of the matter is I haven't. And if you consider my situation: A guy who comes back from arguably, you know, a death sentence, why would I then enter into a sport and dope myself up and risk my life again? That's crazy. I would never do that. No. No way.”
Nice touch: Make your case while tugging at the heartstrings by alluding to the cancer. Pretty slick. Or more accurately: slimy.