Possible jail time for Lance?

2012-10-11 22:19

Cape Town - Disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong could face criminal charges of perjury after denying charges of drug use under oath in 2005.

In terms of US law, perjury is classified as a felony and Armstrong, if found guilty, could face up to five years in jail.

According to the Telegraph's website, the possibility of perjury charges relates to a civil arbitration in November 2005, which had been called to adjudicate between Armstrong and his company Tailwind Sports against SCA Promotions and Ted Lyonhamman Insurance Services.

The latter were reluctant to pay out the $5m bonus due to Armstrong after he won his sixth consecutive Tour de France, as rumours spread as to his possible use of performance enhancing drugs. The insurance company and SCA wanted assurances that he was not doping before paying out. However, Armstrong wanted his money so, at his insistence, they went to court to resolve the matter.

Armstrong then denied under oath that he ever took performance enhancing drugs.

This comes after the the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USDA) on Wednesday released a report of more than 1 000 pages long containing the sworn testimony of 26 people, including 15 riders, to the International Cycling Union (UCI), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).

USADA said the 41-year-old Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven times, was part of the "most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".


  • dirang.montsho - 2012-10-11 22:37

    how dd he manage to avoid USADA etc all those years he was cycling. Something is wrong here.

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-10-12 06:40

      @DENISE you have to be joking right. another groupie hero worshiping this scumbag who doesn't even have the decency or balls to come clean. Armstrong MAN UP. The sooner this arrogant scumbag is stripped of all his medals. prize money and thrown in jail the better. Let's make an example of him to the next generation of cyclist that cheating doesn't pay,,,,,,,,

      kooskanmar - 2012-10-12 07:07

      Masking agents are just as common as the actuall doping. It's an industry in it's own. You use the drug, and then you take the masking agent when it's time for testing.

      shanleigh.sewsanker - 2012-10-12 07:11

      he doesn't have the balls to come clean because he doesn't have any balls as a result if steroids

      jason.dutoit - 2012-10-12 08:22

      @diranfg @denise you two remind me of all those supporters of politicians who are found guilty of corruption. they still support the convicted person blindly!

      Tim - 2012-10-12 08:50

      I agree. There is still no solid proof, only words from teammates. Why did they not say anything for so many years? He passed all tests and not even 1 person came forward to say he cheated.. why? I call BS. Now suddenly they all come out and nail him at once. They were all scared for 10-15 years? yeah right. Its definitely not all adding up

      selma.botha.9 - 2012-10-12 17:49

      The sponsors must be livid. What a farce.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-10-11 22:44

    Unless they have actual evidence of him doping, then I really fail to see what they can do.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-12 00:01

      Reference Marion Jones and Barry Bonds for drugs and Joe Jackson for a similar story 100 years ago. If it walks like duck, quacks like a duck... Guess what. The 200 page summary is an easy read and damning beyond belief. Other self absorbed, driven athlete who could not do the right thing when it mattered most. Same as Hansie and others in cricket. The need to be first trumps everything.

      DSBennie - 2012-10-12 07:49

      They released 1000 pages of evidence and 15 sworn statements from team mates and team personal you chop

  • nickwill.reen - 2012-10-11 23:20

    This is really sad, we use to follow the name now its a shame, deceived everybody in the game, funny how big names goes lame!

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-12 08:23

      Denise did you even bother to read the report. Don't be foolish.

  • nrogerson777 - 2012-10-12 00:51

    Liestrong and Livewrong!

  • dirk.bester - 2012-10-12 05:33

    disgusting how he still hides behind the cancer and livestrong cloud.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-12 05:34

    Jail the crook and then recoup all the money plus the interest he "earned" while taking part in this sport.

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-10-12 06:22

    I also do not understand how he nd others could get away with it fr so long. Then the beat other people out of medals, those people will not b declared winners or gt sponsorship now. I feel fr the guys who miss out bcoz of the cheaters.

  • henk.tredoux.7 - 2012-10-12 06:31

    What a spectacle!? It's a pity! If he is guilty, he really disappointed his fans, in a big way! I always had my doubts though?I wonder about all the pearls of wisdom he wrote in his acclaimed books, would they hold water if they are based on "lies" ? The old saying " when it's too good to be true"?

  • ndimphiwe.luhabe - 2012-10-12 06:32

    Eish! This proves there's room for cheating in anything you cz it will eventually catch up with u

  • leila.monroe - 2012-10-12 06:36

    Jail time Lance you cheat! You are a criminal, a disgrace to human kind!

  • alfred.killian - 2012-10-12 07:05

    'It is not about the bike' , now I get it.

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-12 07:24

    This is turning into a farce. A Government funded agency (tax-payer money) justified their own existence (and salaries) by persecuting a single, retired cyclist for years and years. Why target only ONE person while realising that every single cyclist was pushing the limits on rules when they gathered evidence from his ex team-mates (who ends up with 6 months suspensions for "cooperating")? Why not just come out and say that the doctors working for the TDF teams were more clever than the doctors doing the tests and that this should be sorted out. That is reality. The rest is a witch-hunt focussed on one individual. Tax-funded entities will do ANYTHINg to justify their purpose - over here we have the so-called Youth Development Agency who does what exactly? With 500 employees. And ridiculous salaries. Hosting a R140 million party for "the youth" each year. But we continue funding the farce....

      deon.meyer.752 - 2012-10-12 08:28

      To agree to a degree but you can't let a guy who won seven titles get away this sort of thing. I have no doubt he was drugging as I have no doubt the rest of the field was too. It is no way he could have won all those titles without the drugs as he was competing against guys that were taking. Basso, Ulrich, Kloden and Zulle who all came second to him were or found guilty of doping. US Postal were just the best at hiding it. Now I know alot of people are saying he is a hero to the cancer cause let him be but at the end of the day he is a cyclist who cheated and do you really want your son or daughter to look up to cheat. We must remember he has made himself very rich from the Tour de France. I think they also trying to make and example out of him that it doesn't matter if you are retired if you cheated you will get caught.

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-12 09:27

      Deon, all said and done and with really little doubt that he, like everyone else, was drugging, I still like this journalist's perspective (3 pages)

      leon.lemaitre.9 - 2012-10-12 18:29

      Come on Rinus, he is the most high profile (and arrogant) cyclist ever to be caught, and according to EVIDENCE, NOT HEARSAY, he and his team were absolute masterminds. He deserves all the punishment he gets and more!

  • Vincent Doak - 2012-10-12 07:28

    i dont know y they just dont leave him alone.At the end of the day its one man's word against the word of many,with no actual laboratory proof

  • shirley.armstrong.7 - 2012-10-12 07:32

    The same energy should have been given to finding how and why Bob Woolmer was murdered. The most likely story is that he was about to report his team for match fixing.

  • ryno.grobbelaar - 2012-10-12 07:35

    I hope this is not true! Otherwise we are going to have all cyclists jump on their bikes on the most narrow piece of road doing a sympathy ride for Lance. The horror!

  • andre.krige - 2012-10-12 08:12

    Money makes the world go round and round and round ....

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-12 08:41

    @denise.viljoen.16 are you happy to have a "Hero " who is a liar and a cheat? If this is the case then one would wonder why you condone such behavior.

  • Tim - 2012-10-12 08:50

    Man up? lol. There is still no solid proof, only words from teammates. Why did they not say anything for so many years? He passed all tests and not even 1 person came forward to say he cheated.. why? I call BS. Now suddenly they all come out and nail him at once. They were all scared for 10-15 years? yeah right. Its definitely not all adding up

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-12 09:02

      All his ex team-mates are at the end of their cycling careers so their so-called "come clean because we feel guilty and we want to save cycling" revelations are bulldust. Why wait till it has no impact on "me, myself and I"? A simple 6 months ban that does not effect them at all - I wonder how else they benefitted from their testimony? All the has-beens suddenly back in the limelight - and watch this space, each of them will now sign a book or even a movie deal. Spineless turncoats they are ... and now hailed as heroes in some cycling circles?

      leon.lemaitre.9 - 2012-10-12 18:32

      Because they were pressurised by the most influential cycling oufit in the world, they stood to lose their livelihoods if they split. Pse do yourself a favour and read the report.... with OPEN eyes!

  • - 2012-10-12 08:53

    Read this: Best article yet on what happened. If you still think Lance has been hard done by, you either can't read, are blindly loyal or are just plain stupid.

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-12 09:56

      So every single rider happily carried on with exactly the same illegal processes, won competitions, stages, shared in team prize money and endorsements and sponsorships and suddenly ONLY Lance is the villain. And he had a gun against each of their heads? And their motives are not questioned on why they come forward now that their cycling careers are over in any event? It was strategy and team tactics and ALL benefitted by supporting Lance because he still was the ONLY one in the team that could win because drugs alone cannot outperform natural ability. Lance said: 'The bottom line is I played by the rules that were put in place' - he played by them, not abided. Also: 'I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999.' "Dealing" is not refuting or even rejecting - and the fact that he attaches it to 'having an unfair advantage' for me means that he assumes everybody else was doping so that he had no advantage over others. So to answer your questions: I can read, I am not blindly loyal and "just plain stupid" depends on perspective: Lance is hard done by - he is not the Mafia ring-leader they try to portray him as, he is not the only villain, it is a witch-hunt, he competed "fairly" against the rest of the riders because they WERE ALL DOING IT. If you can read, do yourself a favour Lance remains the best cyclist ever. - 2012-10-12 10:57

      I'd put you in the blindly loyal group actually. Lance is not being hard done by. He cheated, plain and simple and so did the rest. The difference is that when USADA leaned on the others they wisely decided that the better option was to come clean about it rather than try and fight it. Lets not forget that they ALL denied cheating at the outset, until they realized that evidence against them was mounting and would become insurmountable. Lance didn't, because he thought he was bigger than the sport and he would eventually prevail. He has found out the hard way that he's not bigger than the sport. He hasn't given up fighting because "he's tired of it", he's given up because he knows there is overwhelming evidence against him and he will never win. His denial of doping has gone too far now for him to be able to turn around and own up for what he did, so his only option is to give up (which ironically isn't a very Lance thing to do!). Furthermore, much of his "greatness" was built on being ahead of the rest in terms of doping products and doping techniques. He used to actively try and establish what drugs and techniques the other teams were using, so that his team could keep ahead of them. So actually, he did have an unfair advantage over others. Using your analogy, his Golf had nitro and a turbo! In my eyes, there is no witch hunt, Lance is just the last domino standing after all the rest have fallen and that is purely of his own choices and doing.

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-12 09:57

    How many Armstrong detractors know this: Lance made his return to triathlon in the Ironman 70.3 Panama race, on February 12, 2012. He raced in the Professional category, finishing with a time of 3:50:55, second overall to Bevan Docherty. Armstrong's splits were 19:22 for the 1.2 mile swim, 2:10:18 for the 56 mile bike, and 1:17:01 for the run. He also entered half-Ironman distance races in Texas (7th) and St. Croix (3rd) before breaking through with victories at Ironman 70.3 Florida and Ironman 70.3 Hawaii in overall times of 3:45:38 and 3:50:58, respectively. (Wiki ref.) And these victories were as recent as May THIS year - with or without "cheating"? In my opinion (and if you read what he achieved sporting wise since he was 13), he is a sporting freak ... and I will admire him for that. He never won anything driving a F1 car while his opponents had VW Golfs. Everyone had Golfs .. with a Nitro boost button!

      alfred.killian - 2012-10-12 12:07

      Every cyclist competing in the Tdf is a freak.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-12 10:15

    You can dope,you just can't be caught. I know i'm wrong but I have compassion for this man.

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-12 10:29

      Johan, he has been accused. Not caught. And it frustrates the hell out of the USADA. To some extent, I think he has even admitted it: Lance said: 'The bottom line is I played by the rules that were put in place' - he played by them, not abided. Also: 'I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999.' "Dealing" is not refuting or even rejecting - and the fact that he attaches it to 'having an unfair advantage' for me means that he assumes everybody else was doping so that he had no advantage over others. The TDF started in 1903 - and even then riders inhaled ether and took alcohol to reduse their agony. It is a race that requires more than the body, on it's own, can offer. The monster was created when big money came into play. They must just accept this and move on.

  • chantz.vanrooyen - 2012-10-12 12:23

    It's such a shame that someone I grew up to Respect in sport could be Guilty of such terrible things. I pray for the best results come out of this matter with Lance and Doping

  • chantz.vanrooyen - 2012-10-12 12:26

    It's hard to believe that someone I grew up to Respect in sport, could be guilty of such terrible things. I pray for the Best outcome in Lance Armstrong's case

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