Forgiveness and anger mingle in Lance Amstrong aftermath

Jan. 18, 2013 at 11:59 AM ET

In an interview on Oprah Winfrey's OWN channel, Lance Armstrong confessed that he did in fact take performance-enhancing drugs in each of the seven Tour De France wins.

By Danielle Brennan and Alex Smith, TODAY

The morning after it aired, Lance Armstrong's confession to Oprah Winfrey was a big topic among friends, family and even the TODAY anchors. During this morning's Take 3 segment, Tamron Hall revealed that after watching the interview she "was so sad for him."

"I know what he's done. I know he's ruined lives ... but I felt so sorry for him," Tamron said on air.

She's not alone. Across the Internet, Armstrong's admission prompted expressions of sympathy from supporters as well as condemnations from detractors.

"Dear Mr. Armstrong," tweeted bonanjr53, "I recently had a loved ones life saved from cancer, I wear my yellow bracelet proudly."

Adding his voice to the chorus of celebrities weighing in on Twitter, Donald Trump similarly sounded off. "Lance Armstrong did himself great harm last night," tweeted the Donald. "Lawsuits & failure will follow him!"

TODAY posed the question to our friends on Facebook: Could they forgive Armstrong? There the responses were also quite mixed.

"I may not like what he did in his cycling career," said Frank Rivera. "But I love what he has done for cancer and cancer research."

"What he does is his business," Patricia J. Flores countered, "it's his business." Amanda Moregeson argued that "just because he admitted it doesn't make the lies he told any less pathetic."

What do you think? Can you relate to the expressions of sympathy, or do you completely disagree? Do you feel sorry for Lance Armstrong? Vote in our poll below.

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