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Lance Armstrong continues to control the message: Queen's University expert

2013-01-21

Queen’s University professor Jill Scott, who researches forgiveness, can comment on Lance Armstrong publicly apologizing during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The seven-time Tour de France winner confessed to doping and also to feeling no sense of wrongdoing.

Part two of the interview airs tonight.

“Lance Armstrong surprised us all last night by giving a stellar apology on Oprah,” says Dr. Scott. “He covered his all the bases: confession, contrition, acknowledgement of harms, remorse, and so on. But the longer the interview went on, the further he moved from responsibility to blame. In the end, we saw the same need for control we've seen all along. He was a control freak on the bike and now he's controlling the apology.”

Dr. Scott is the author of A Poetics of Forgiveness: Cultural Responses to Loss and Forgiveness (Palgrave Macmillan 2010).

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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