Lance Armstrong spilled his guts to Oprah in an interview broadcast Thursday night.
The Texas cyclist admitted to using all kinds of performance-enhancing drugs to win all seven of his Tour de France titles. Armstrong has since been stripped of those titles, along with an Olympic medal.
The fallen athlete summed up much of his career – and his denials – as "one big lie."
But will the confession jumpstart Armstrong's journey to redemption? Some Houstonians say no.
"None of his career is credible anymore," said Jacobo Fonseca, a Houstonian who watched the interview. "He's simply a man who – lack of a better term – is a con artist."
Armstrong hinted at the "everyone's doing it" defense, suggesting that many other cyclists were involved in the same kind of doping at the time. And that argument gained some traction with Dr. Ivan Spector, a Houston psychiatrist.
"He's superb, he's the best in the world at what he does," Spector said. "How he did it is a whole other thing. But he's still the best in the world."
Then there are those who believe Lance Armstrong's good deeds – especially at the helm of his Livestrong foundation – outweigh his sins.
Before the interview, Jacobo Fonseca described himself as "on the fence" regarding the cyclist's guilt or innocence. But by the end of Armstrong's interview with Oprah, Fonseca had made up his mind.
"He tried to downplay it," Fonseca said, "but regardless of how you want to say it, a lie's a lie."