Livestrong exec: Armstrong wasn't asked to leave

AP News
Posted: Feb 28, 2013 3:53 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — An executive vice president of a cancer charity founded by Lance Armstrong says the cyclist wasn't formally asked to resign after admitting the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Andy Miller told The Associated Press on Thursday it wasn't clear there was even a provision in Livestrong's bylaws to ask the founder to leave.

Armstrong resigned as chairman in October shortly after a report detailed his use of the banned drugs.

Armstrong told Oprah Winfrey earlier this year he wasn't "told to leave" but was aware of "pressure."

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Miller says the board was abuzz over the scandal at the time and that may have given Armstrong a sense of being pressured.

But Miller says, "It ultimately had to be his decision."