In one of the stories published by the BBC about Armstrong, one person with initials mc posted a comment, which read, “I work night shift in a minimum-wage job, due to lack of jobs. Ask me how sorry I feel for this guy who gained 10s of millions by deception. Lance, get off my TV and Internet please, ask your family for sympathy not us.” There was a sense of dissatisfaction among many fans of the cycling world.
Armstrong was also trending on popular social networking website Twitter, where people expressed mixed reactions on the confessions the cyclist made on Oprah's show. A user with handle @aryayuyutsu tweeted: “Despite his tears, @lancearmstrong is increasingly coming across as a cold, manipulative psychopath. Another user with handle @DaveLozo reacted with a bit of wit and sarcasm: “Lance Armstrong's tears have tested positive for narcissism,” he tweeted.
But there was still some soft corner for the cyclist as some tweeples were seen supporting the cyclist. He has done so much for cancer patients with his Armstrong Foundation, which has made him an icon and some still consider him to be the same.
“I think the world should give @lancearmstrong another chance. Not necessarily as an athlete but as a person. I believe in second chances!” read a tweet from a user with handle @BrandonHile. Others blamed the sporting authorities for taking so long to prove that Armstrong had doped. A tweet from @Gotham3 read, “If Lance Armstrong fooled the Sporting Authorites for years then he's a genius & the Fool Sporting authorities failed their job to deal with it.”
A user @TStellingwerff tweeted: “so...does this mean that all of Lance Armstrong's books need to go to the fiction section?” Lance Armstrong has come up with various books such as, 'It's not about the bike' and The Lance Armstrong performance program. Now these books are also going to come under the scanner.
In the interview he also said: “I see the anger in the people and betrayal and it is all there. Those people who supported me believed what I was saying. They have every right to feel betrayed. It’s my fault. I will spend the rest of my life to earn back the trust and apologise to the rest of the people.”
But not many people would listen to him now after he has been calling them liars for such a long time. One such person, Rick Reily, an ESPN writer tweeted, “After years of lying to my face, Lance Armstrong apologizes in an email. He can keep it.”