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Slipstream Sports chief executive and Lance Armstrong's former Tour de France teammate Jonathan Vaughters called Armstrong "immensely intimidating" and said his confession was "a good first step," in an interview with co-hosts Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell that was broadcast live today Jan. 18, 2013, on CBS THIS MORNING on the CBS Television Network (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM). Watch the interview in full below!
Below is a transcript from the interview:
ROSE: What's your reaction to what he said, and did he go far enough?
VAUGHTERS: Well, it's certainly a good first step, and, you know, to come forward like that publicly is-you know, it's positive. But he's got to go to USADA, World Anti-Doping Association, and testify under oath, potentially in a truth and reconciliation-type atmosphere, and really get into the details. And you know, the reason for that is that in order for those details are what, you know, help develop new tests and prove anti-doping for the next generation of professional riders.
ROSE: Was he telling the truth as he saw it?
VAUGHTERS: It's, you know, it's hard to say. There's a lot of stories intertwined in there. I think that sometimes it takes, it takes a while, and it takes being asked those questions a few times and getting more and more comfortable with just letting it out. You know, when you guard a secret that long, it takes a while to let it go.
O'DONNELL: I want to get specific about some of the things he said in this interview. He denied ever threatening teammates. Is that truthful?
VAUGHTERS: You know, he was an immensely intimidating person, and he was held by such high regard and such an icon in the sport. And when someone's in that position, if they look cross-eyed at you, you know, you're worried about it.