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Lance Armstrong’s Potential Legal Woes From Oprah Interview

Trisha Barita January 18, 2013

Watching Lance Armstrong’s interview tonight was somewhat shocking even though many of us had already heard that it would be some type of confession.  He flat out admitted to doping during pre-2005 cycling races and Tour de France races.  This must come as some validation to the governing body of cycling named the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) who stripped Lance of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him from competitive cycling for life on October 22, 2012. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) also must be pleased to have at least a partial backing for some of their accusations in their “Reasoned Decision” regarding the disqualification and ineligibility of Lance due to doping during cycling that was published on October 10, 2012.

His potential legal woes after his chat with Ms. O will likely surround the issues of fraud and whether or not the Department of Justice is interested in pursing claims against Lance related to funds or money he might have received during his admitted doping period.  I am sure that Lance has a team of attorneys and handlers that provided guidance and preparation for this Oprah interview and the potential ramifications, for Lance’s sake… only time will tell if the choice by either him or his handlers to do this interview was a good idea.  Check out the video link below:

http://ownspecial.oprah.com/lancearmstrong.html

  • Charles Beel

    From my understanding, the self-serving intent of this ‘confession’ was that he wanted to be able to compete in triathlons in the future and thus would not have said anything if he didn’t. The lives he has destroyed to protect his lie mean nothing to him. He is putting his personal wealth (around $100mm) at risk to those he defrauded and I’m sure process servers are lined up around the block to serve him. Perhaps this is not done playing out and he felt forced to do this as a way to get in front of whatever shoe will drop next, or as a way to separate himself as fast as possible from the distribution of drugs.

    • texaslegaledge

      Charles – Thanks for the comment! It would
      appear that there is some other motive with this type of confession and that
      might be why he was very careful to keep his doping to pre-2005. This might be
      due to a statute of limitations issue. As far as all the various types of
      lawsuits, he might have some issues with defamation if he openly lied about
      other people during this period of dishonesty. The legal issues appear to be
      far from over. Whether it was the right move might come down to it being his
      only move if he wants to try and ever compete again.

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