On Friday, February 22, the United States Department of Justice joined a whistle-blower lawsuit against disgraced cyclist, Lance Armstrong. Armstrong has already been stripped of his seven Tour De France titles, banned from sports associated with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and other lawsuits, this lawsuit is just another dent in Armstrong’s reputation.
The whistle-blower lawsuit alleges that Lance Armstrong hid his doping for his sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service. It was filed in 2010 by Armstrong’s former team manager Floyd Landis.
Landis claims that the reason Armstrong hid the doping was because the teams sponsorship contract prohibited the use of performance enhancing drugs. The contract was worth $31 million covering the years of 2001 through 2004.
Attorney Ronald C. Machen explained that the Justice department joined the lawsuit because “Armstrong and associates took more than $30 million from the U.S. Postal Services.”
Machen stated, “In today’s economic climate, the U.S. Postal Service is simply not in a position to allow Lance Armstrong or any of the other defendants to walk away with the tens of millions of dollars they illegitimately procured.”
After confessing that he did in fact use performance enhancing drugs, he was also stripped of his Olympic medal. Lance Armstrong has also lost all of his big money sponsors.
The New York Times is reporting that the whistle-blower lawsuit could cost Lance Armstrong more than $90 million.
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