“They know a lot. They hear it in the hallways,” Armstrong said of his five children and their knowledge of his fall from grace.
Armstrong seemed to choke up when talking about his son Luke, 13, who defended his father vehemently on social media, apparently without ever asking him if the doping allegations were true.
That conflict helped Armstrong decide to come forward now, he said.
“There have been a lot of questions about your Dad’s career,” Armstrong said he told his children, “and I’ve always been ruthless and defiant, which is why you trusted me — and which makes it even sicker. I want you to know that it’s true.”
The children said very little in response.
“Don’t defend me anymore,” he told them.