From CBS News, Lance Armstrong offered to pay more than $5 million to the federal government to compensate for the fraud he allegedly committed against the U.S. Postal Service and offered to be a cooperating witness in a federal investigation. The Postal Service paid Armstrong's team more than $30 million to sponsor it from 1999 to 2004 as part of a contract that banned doping.
It was then learned that the offer from Armstrong to the Department of Justice had been turned down, citing both offers as inadequate.
Late last year, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency produced evidence that the U.S. Postal team ran "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program the sport has ever seen." Armstrong sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired Thursday and Friday, January 17th and 18th where he admitted to doping and using banned substances in all 7 of his Tour de France title wins.
Armstrong’s confession was limited and vague on details at times, but the matter of doping and being allowed to compete in elite and sanctioned events remains open. Time will tell if more legal action will be pursued against Armstrong and if a compromise can be reached to allow the embattled cycling star to toe the line in sanctioned events ever again.
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