Lance Armstrong’s two-part interview with Oprah last week left many people with a range of emotions. Some were disappointed while others felt sorry for the fallen hero. Armstrong’s good friend Matthew McConaughey was initially livid when he watched the seven-time Tour de France winner’s nationally televised admission of guilt.
According to MTV.com, McConaughey says, “My first reaction was I was p-ssed off.”
The ‘Bernie’ star reveals that his initial anger eventually subsided. “I was mad. I then got kind of sad for him. First off, I had a part of me that took it kind of personally, which I think a lot of people have,” McConnaughey explained.
McConaughey and Armstrong have been friends for years. The Texas natives have spent countless hours together marathon training, traveling on vacation and raising money for cancer research through Armstrong’s Livestrong organization.
Despite how close they were, McConaughey did not know of his pal’s doping scandal. The ‘A Time to Kill’ star believes that it was probably for the best that he was kept in the dark.
“What was he supposed to do?” McConaughey asked. “Call me to the side and go, ‘Hey man, I did it but don’t tell anybody.’ Then I would have really had a reason to be pissed off at him, going, ‘You want me to walk around holding this?”
After the range of emotions sparked by Armstrong, where does the actor currently stand?
McConaughey says, “Where I am now is I’ve put myself out of the way and I am happy for this guy, who has now chosen to reenter this new chapter of his life a truly free man. And the weight he had on his shoulders, without the boogieman under the bed, the skeleton in the closet that he’s carried for 14 years. Fourteen years he lied and carried the lie with him.”
McConaughey wasn’t the only celebrity to chime in regarding Armstrong’s confession. The cyclist’s ex-fiancée Sheryl Crow says, “I think that honesty is always the best bet and that the truth will set you free.”
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