Lance Armstrong was a worldwide hero for a long time, and still is for many people around the world, regardless of his admission to using performance enhancing drugs while competing. Not considering the drugs and the lies, Lance mostly conducted himself professionally and was considered a great roll model for people in sports, business, and life in general.
Several weeks ago Lance admitted to the doping and lying, on national television. Many people believed that he would have significant negative legal exposure after his admission, but today the attorney representing the federal case against Lance announced that his admission would not change anything:
“We made a decision on that case a little over a year ago. Obviously, we’ve been well aware of the statements that have been made by Mr. Armstrong in other media reports. That does not change my view at this time.”
This is some great news for Lance, but we have no doubt he consulted with his attorneys prior to making this announcement and was expecting this outcome. With this confession, Lance was also admitting (at a minimum) to Obstruction of Justice and Perjury. Perjury is a Class A Misdemeanor, while Obstruction of Justice can be more serious, depending specifically on which type of obstruction he would have been found guilty of.
Either way, it sounds like Lance can stop worrying about criminal legal problems and focus on taking care of his family and cleaning up the mess he created for himself.