Armstrong May Face Legal Action

by Corey Dean Hall

Will he be forced to pay back the millions in Tour de France bonuses he bullied people into honoring or the money from a libel suit against the Sunday Times of London? From the Associated Press:

Lance Armstrong has finally come clean.

Armstrong confessed to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey taped Monday, just a couple of hours after a wrenching apology to staff at the Livestrong charity he founded and has now been forced to surrender.

The day ended with 2 1/2 hours of questions from Winfrey at a downtown Austin hotel, where she said the world’s most famous cyclist was ‘’forthcoming’’ as she asked him in detail about doping allegations that followed him throughout his seven Tour de France victories.

Speaking on ‘’CBS This Morning,’’ Winfrey said Tuesday she had not planned to address Armstrong’s confession before the interview aired on her OWN network but, ‘’by the time I left Austin and landed in Chicago, you all had already confirmed it.’’

’’So I’m sitting here now because it’s already been confirmed,’’ she added.

The session was to be broadcast on Thursday but Winfrey said it will now run in two parts over two nights because there is so much material. . . .

Former teammate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for doping, has filed a federal whistle-blower lawsuit that accused Armstrong of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service. An attorney familiar with Armstrong’s legal problems told the AP that the Justice Department is highly likely to join the lawsuit. The False Claims Act lawsuit could result in Armstrong paying a substantial amount of money to the U.S. government. The deadline for the department to join the case is Thursday, though the department could seek an extension if necessary.

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