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Thursday 18 September 2014

Wahlberg: Armstrong deserves second chance

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg hopes that the world will have compassion for Lance Armstrong.

Seven-time Tour de France winning bicyclist Lance revealed to Oprah Winfrey during an interview that he had indeed used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career. The athlete denied the use of these narcotics for years until this month's revelation.

Broken City star Mark has a nefarious past himself, being arrested in his youth.

The actor commends Lance for having the courage to finally speak the truth.

"I'm really proud that he came out to clear the air," Mark told Extra.

"I'm the guy who needed a second chance. I believe in second chances. Hopefully people will give him a break."

Lance used EPO (erythropoietin) in the mid 1990s, but claims he was done with drugs by the time of his 1999 comeback.

When asked whether he was afraid of getting caught, if lying ever made him feel wrong or like he was cheating, Lance answered "no" to all three questions.

The second part of TV interview special Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive was broadcast on Friday January 18.

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