Stay Strong or Stay Silent? Armstrong Reportedly Admits Doping While Pursued In Various Lawsuits For Past Deception On Doping

256px-Oprah_Winfrey_(2004)220px-Lance_Armstrong_Tour_2010_team_presentation_(cropped)Lance Armstrong has reportedly gone to Oprah to come clean on his use of doping to win his seven Tour de France titles — sort of. Oprah says that he admitted to the use of the drugs but not quite as fully as she wanted. The admission is clearly calculated to allow Armstrong to compete in triathlons. However, there are an array of lawsuits facing Armstrong that raise some interesting questions.

Armstrong, 41, is banned for life from cycling and cannot compete in athletic events sanctioned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

He repeatedly and passionately denied doping for years — attacking those who raised such allegations.

Now, the Justice Department is moving to join a federal whistle-blower lawsuit filed by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis. He is also being sued by a Dallas-based promotions company for bonuses that he received for winning the Tour de France. The most interesting is a lawsuit by the British newspaper The Sunday Times to recover $500,000 paid to him to settle a libel lawsuit.

In a rare twist, the newspaper took out an advertisement suggesting questions to Oprah to ask Armstrong — questions that would clearly help it in its own lawsuit. The Brits clearly do not know that only Obama speaks directly to Oprah and Oprah only speaks directly to God.

Armstrong sued the Sunday Times and two of its reporters for an article in 2004 alluding doping. The newspaper reportedly settled for $1 million. In England, there are cases for such lawsuit to recover prior settlements. In the United States, it would be extremely difficult since the parties reached a voluntary agreement rather than litigate the truth of the matter.

The admissions by Armstrong therefore are quite risky. Oprah can give absolution but not protection from such lawsuits. Competing in triathlons would not appear to justify the risk.

The Landis lawsuit is also interesting. He is alleging under the False Claims Act that Armstrong and team managers defrauded the U.S. government when they accepted money from the U.S. Postal Service. Thursday is the deadline for the United States to join the lawsuit and it is expected to do so. That raises a question of Armstrong’s legal advice on the matter. Why go to Oprah before the deadline for the United States instead of waiting a couple of weeks? The Oprah interview would appear to all but guarantee the intervention of the United States. Of course, the intervention could reduce the recovery for Landis who would be entitled to 30% of any money the government recovers. The Postal Service paid a total of $30.6 million to the team’s management

43 thoughts on “Stay Strong or Stay Silent? Armstrong Reportedly Admits Doping While Pursued In Various Lawsuits For Past Deception On Doping”

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  2. Lets see a calculated risk….. If its about money…. I wonder how many of the Statue of Limitations to recover against Armstrong have run….

  3. “Armstrong said a “win at all costs” mentality and “arrogance” were behind his cheating, and accepted blame for his mistakes, saying he deserves the scrutiny he’s now come under in the wake of being stripped of his titles.” – http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/50497973/ns/sports-cycling/

    You don’t say. And of course taking the blame now has nothing to do with getting busted and being stripped of the titles. Yep. nick was on to something in seeing you as having political ambitions. You’d fit right in.

  4. Given that every winner for years has been doping I could forgive him for doping. I can’t forgive the race officials and cycling organizations who knew everyone was doping but chose to look just hard enough to not find it.

    What I could never forgive him for is the way he treated people around him who did not support him fully or who told the truth. His attempts to destroy peoples lives is unforgivable.

    The wife was a big fan & defender until it became too obvious. Using her as a guide there is nothing he could do today that will repair his reputation. He should take his money & retreat into obscurity.

  5. When I see these fruits on the street with their bike helmets on I think of the Hells Angels who ride real motorcylces and wont wear helmets even tho they go a hundred mph. Then these biky guys wear these tight little tee shirts and carry water in little canteens and sometimes wear knee pads. When Lance rides up they kneel and pray. The bicylists idol. Ride hard Lance! When I saw that Roper Dopers Need Love Too sticker on the back of the bike I knew that he was a phony and a real doper. That face has a meth look about it. His name ought to be Lenny Weekarm. The steroid thing is just a front for the real drugs that this meth head with a helmet is taking. He needs to have his head lanced for going on Oprah and fessing up.

  6. I never “got” Lance Armstrong either. He’s one of those people, as several other posters noted, that just set off my phony alarm instantly. Something about the look in his eye that says a combination of overweening ambition and untrustworthy. I’d never thought of him having political aspirations, but nick’s call is probably a good one. I sure as hell wouldn’t buy a used car from him.

  7. DB, I always thought this fraud had political aspirations. That was one of the red flags that screamed “phoney” in my eyes.

  8. Just go away Lance.

    You lied, you coerced, you intimidated, cheated, threatened, and crushed people.

    Just go away Lance.

    PS please don’t go into politics, you would probably be a big success.

  9. As is often said It is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. Looks like the biggest challenge was not the actual race but the race to stay ahead of the testers who were barely competent. Just finished the Tyler Hamilton book on his experiences as Lance’s BFF and riding partner and Lance comes off as a narcissist and expert liar. The sport is based on achieving a performance so difficult that success is impossible without drug assists. As the participants drug up to meet the challenge, the race gets even more challenging. My question is why is so much money attached and why did the near bankrupt US Post Office pay multi-millions of dollars to this venture? Lance needs to be stripped not only of his yellow shirts but also his manipulated fortune.

  10. The bike punk has lanced a hole in his strong arm image of biky athelete with cutesy helmet peddling for the stars.

  11. “Confessing” that he used banned drugs is relatively easy for someone worth $100 million (maybe millions more than that by today). What Armstrong WON’T do, imo,, is apologize for all of the pain that he has caused to so many people, businesses, and institutions – but even if he were to do so, this cynic would see it as being about as honest as an Obama promise to bring about (progressive) change to make life better for
    all Americans.

  12. Darren:

    “I don’t see how the US gov’t was damaged by this. ”

    **********************

    I think the contract called for Lance to comply with all rules of cycling and to not employ doping. If he violated that and took the money he defrauded the sponsor since the disrepute now is not something they bargained for.

    Claims made under the False Claims Act usually brought as Qui Tam cases merely require that the government entity or quasi-government entity be improperly billed under a false claim. The harm to the governments is implied in that it did not get what it bargained for — a clean spokesman.

  13. Hero worship is a decidedly male thing as my wife saw through this guy long ago. For my part, I wanted to believe in miracles but alas like other miracles I’ve been told about they disappeared in the sunbeams. Bon voyage, Lance. Let us know how the going is on the Tour de Fraud.

    Here’s a great — and I mean great –column from LA Times columnist, Bill Dwyre, about the orchestrated play for sympathy for Lance and how we sway to the music right on cue:

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-dwyre-lance-armstrong-20130115,0,5716716.column

  14. Hound this criminal into poverty and suicide -shano

    Happens even to the law-abiding.

  15. Darren,
    I agree. The issue of him doping has nothing to do with the Postal Service retaining him as a marketing spokesman through the bike team.

  16. Lets put Heymann and Ortiz on this case.

    Hound this criminal into poverty and suicide- label him a felon for life.

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