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Lance's lawyer slams USADA

2012-10-10 19:34

Austin - Before the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has even sent its findings regarding a lifetime doping ban of Lance Armstrong to the International Cycling Union (UCI), the cyclist is attacking the report.

Armstrong lawyer Tim Herman has sent a letter to USADA complaining that they should send their entire file of evidence gathered in a probe of Armstrong to the global cycling governing body rather than simply a limited report.

The letter says the USADA report could package the information to support its findings, which led to Armstrong being banned from cycling for life and the forfeiture of his seven Tour de France titles from 1999-2005.

Armstrong's attorney says USADA acted as "prosecutor, judge, jury, appellate court and executioner" in announcing its decision to ban Armstrong, calling its findings a "biased, one-sided and untested version of events."

USADA is expected to send its report to the UCI this week, including what it says are statements from at least 10 witnesses, some of them former Armstrong teammates, saying they saw Armstrong use performance-enhancing substances.

Armstrong, 41, decided in August that he would not request a hearing on the charges against him, denying any wrongdoing as he has for years but saying he was so weary from fighting such accusations that he didn't want to do so again.

While a USADA hearing could have exonerated him, it would also have brought out all the details gathered by USADA in a public display, although that would have given Armstrong a forum to challenge the evidence.

Armstrong also protested the USADA arbitration hearing method procedures, citing USADA's overwhelming record of successful prosecution in such cases. Armstrong lost a US court fight protesting the system just before announcing he would not fight the charges, thereby bringing down the doping ban.

USADA says it has solid evidence of doping by Armstrong and his US Postal Service team, including blood boosters and steroids.

The team's former director, Johan Bruyneel, has also been charged in connection with the scheme and faces an arbitration hearing of his own.

Among the witnesses USADA has against Armstrong are admitted US dope cheats Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France crown after testing positive for steroids.

"USADA will no doubt accept the stories told by Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton as gospel," Herman wrote.

"A reasoned decision would include all prior inconsistent statements by these witnesses."

The UCI has challenged USADA's authority to bring charges against Armstrong but the World Anti-Doping Agency backed USADA's jurisdiction and power to press the case.

The UCI could appeal the sanctions against Armstrong to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

AP

Comments
  • John - 2012-10-09 23:39

    Innocent until proven guilty, huh? Armstrong wasted 2 or so years of his life to defend himself in criminal court. He was found innocent. USADA seem to work according to a different set of rules. It's difficult not to see it as a witch hunt. All those wanting to testify have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar and deals were struck to lure them to testify - non of them are testifying to be altruistic.

      DSBennie - 2012-10-10 08:13

      He pleaded guilty you chop, if he was innocent he should have fought it at the international court of arbitration in sport. Money is not lacking for him so he has no reason to fight it other than the fact that he is guilty

      camp.j - 2012-10-10 09:38

      @DSBennie, apparently you know very little regarding the LA case, "he pleaded guilty" Ignorance is bliss

  • endof.faith - 2012-10-10 08:38

    Armstrong took drugs without any question of doubt. You cannot compete at that level and not be on some form of performance enhancing drugs. Almost every single one of his peers (which he beat) have been busted for doping so the chances of him being dope free are zero. The fact that he never failed a drugs test does not mean that he never doped, he just never got caught because he was smart and he had good doctors who knew how to beat the system.

      cynic.martian.3 - 2012-10-10 14:07

      I agree with LA: This USADA process allows you to only prove there is an absence of evidence, not an absence of guilt. So, no matter what you plead, you are guilty. No legal process in the world works on the basis of guilty until proven innocent.

  • janet.groenewald.9 - 2012-10-10 10:46

    He had his chance to defend himself and he declined even though he was told if he does not take the stand his will automatically be proven guilty. Now he wants to grandstand again after the fact that he had his chance to prove his innocence. He is a coward, a cheat and a thug. When he was in a corner he ran away. Now he is shooting his mouth off again. It is too late now. EVERYBODY KNOW HE WAS A CHEAT (BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT) AND HE WILL NEVER BE HERO WORSHIPPED AGAIN INCONNECTION WITH HIS CYCLING. It is time that he shuts up and be a man and accepts the responsibilty of admitting that he was wrong.

  • leon.lemaitre.9 - 2012-10-10 13:22

    He keeps on saying he never failed a doping test, TRUE, but it is not the same as never doping. Too much evidence against him, even though most of it comes from other cheats, they have nothing to loose by spilling the beans. I wish he would just go away, thinks far too much of himself! Not the icon he would like to think he is!

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