She suffered a decade of bullying, intimating antics with Lance Armstrong going as far as calling Betsy Andreu a “fat crazy b****’” and “alcoholic prostitute” after she and her husband Frankie claimed they overheard the cyclist admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs to two doctors in an Indianapolis hospital room in 1996.
And on Thursday night, Andreu was left seething after the disgraced cyclist refused to come clean about that incident in what was touted as a “no-holds-barred” interview with Oprah Winfrey.
When Winfrey asked him if Andreu, the wife of former teammate Frankie Andreu, told the truth when she testified in a 2006 deposition he clammed up, saying: “I’m going to lay down on that one.”
Appearing on CNN following the interview, Andreu said she was furious that Armstrong didn’t acknowledge her claims and suggested that he was still lying.
“He owed it to me,” she said. “You owed it to me, Lance, and you dropped the ball. After what you’ve done to me and what you’ve done to my family, and you couldn’t own up to it? Now we’re supposed to believe you?
“You had one chance at the truth, and this was it. If the hospital room didn’t happen then just say it didn’t happen. But he won’t do it because it DID happen.
“That’s not being transparent. That’s not being completely honest. By saying he won’t go there is just skirting around the issue.
“This exchange has made me furious. He used to be my friend and he decimated me. I was willing to give him a chance and this is how he responds? It just doesn’t make sense. ”
She also suggested that Oprah wasn’t the best place for the disgraced cyclist to finally own up to years of lies– a sentiment that has been echoed by various media pundits and outlets.
“But he shouldn’t have done Oprah, he shouldn’t have gone on here, this is gonna be a long process but he didn’t do it the right way.
“He’s telling the truth about some things,’ she said, ”but not everything. He’s cherry picking. How do we know to trust him? ”
Though he refused to be drawn into discussing her claims, Armstrong did reveal that he had called the Andreus before the interview and had a 40-minute conversation with them to try to make amends after years of vehemently trying to destroy their lives.
But he admitted there was far too much damaged done to ever be repaired. [Frankie Andreu was once the captain of Armstrong’s United States Postal Service team and claims that after he refused to take any more drugs, Armstrong blackballed him from jobs in the sport and his contract was not renewed as team director]
Arrogantly, Armstrong smiled as he recounted the incident in which he was accused of calling Andreu a “fat, crazy b***h” and in what even had CNN host Anderson Cooper’s jaw dropping, the disgraced cyclist had this to say: “I called her a crazy b****h, but I never called her fat.”
When she appeared on “Good Morning America” on Friday morning, Andreu again reinforced the point that Armstrong is not necessarily being entirely honest.
“Lance isn’t used to telling the truth, he doesn’t say he’s sorry,”she said. “I’m hoping in the months to come we see his contrition. His words are empty, we need to see action.”
Watch her reaction to Armstrong’s interview here….
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