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Saturday, October 22, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Disgraced U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong has hit back at a federal lawsuit against him and said that his former team overlooked allegations of doping because of a lucrative sponsorship deal.

The Texan rider, who is now in full damage control mode after he admitted to being a drugs cheat in January, asked an American judge in a court filing Tuesday to dismiss the Justice Department False Claims Act lawsuit.

Armstrong was riding for the U.S. Postal Service team at the time to which the lawsuit relates.

“Although the government now pretends to be aggrieved by these allegations, its actions at the time are far more telling.” Armstrong’s motion states.

“Did it suspend the team pending an investigation? Did it refer the matter to its phalanx of lawyers and investigators at the Department of Justice for review? It did not.

“Rather than exercise its right to terminate the sponsorship agreement, it instead renewed its contract to sponsor the team.

“The rationale behind the government’s decision is obvious. Armstrong had recently won the 2000 Tour de France. The government wanted a winner and all the publicity, exposure, and acclaim that goes along with being his sponsor. It got exactly what it bargained for.”

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  • Nophah Kingweigh

    And I thought cancer had taken one of his testicles. Clearly this man has huge cojones to try denying his deception.
    The man needs to shut up, get an honest job, and SHUT UP!

    • AndrewSmyth

      How do you know it was just one testicle? Maybe he lost both rugby balls and that’s why he can’t be man enough to own up.

  • Why does anyone care if steroid use is prevalent in sports. I WANT them to use steroids & any ther performance enhancement they cn obtain.
    How come the gov’t is so nterested in what people put int heir bodies? WHEN did the US gov’t become concerned about ‘cheating’?
    Hey lance, tell em to fuck off & die, the checks cleared.