July 2002 and Lance Armstrong has won his 4th Tour de France. Then teammate Floyd Landis leads the party in Paris
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Says people don't care if Armstrong cheated or not
Tim Herman, a member of Lance Armstrong’s legal counsel, has told the BBC that the former Tour de France winner could sit a lie detector test. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour titles and handed a life time ban by USADA for his part in a major doping operation that involved a series of offenses including trafficking, possession, and drug taking. The rider refused to defend himself against the charges but has always denied doping.
However after 26 individuals testified against him, 11 of whom were former teammates, Armstrong’s legacy has been irreparably damaged. The sport’s governing body, the UCI, has just over a fortnight to analyze USADA’s 1,000 page report and could yet appeal the decision to CAS.
In an interview with the BBC's Radio 5 Live show, Herman was asked if the witnesses should take polygraph tests: "A lie detector test properly administered, I'm a proponent of that frankly, just personally. I wouldn't challenge the results of a lie detector test with good equipment, properly administered by a qualified technician. That's a pretty simple answer."
Asked if Armstrong would take a lie detector test, Herman added: "We might do that, you never know. I don't know if we would or we wouldn't. We might."
Herman appeared unsure whether Armstrong would take a test on the grounds that, “he's moved on. His name is never going to be clear with anyone beyond what it is today. People are fans, most of the people that I've talked to, this is their opinion, it is: 'We don't care whether he did or he didn't'."
The attorney also criticized the former teammates who testified against Armstrong, six of whom were handed six month suspensions for their own doping offences.
"Why would [the witnesses] wait until now [to come forward]? Here's the answer. It's because for the most part they've been given sweetheart deals. They are supposed to be suspended for four years, they're not. They're suspended for six months commencing in September so they don't miss a single race."
However Herman appeared confused over one matter, stating that the same allegations were shut down by the Justice Department earlier this year. However the Federal case was primarily looking into allegations of fraud. The case was closed in February and under strange circumstances.
"The same allegations, same witnesses, same information, was provided to the United States Justice Department in Los Angeles during their investigation and after two years of unbelievable stress emotionally and financially the Justice Department elected not to go forward with these allegations.
"Shortly after that here comes USADA with the same information and with the same witnesses. So faced with a predetermined result, faced with two to three years more litigation, stress and expenses, he [Armstrong] elected to move forward with the important part of his life which is the fight against cancer, and that's all he devotes himself to and has for some time."
Herman ended the BBC interview by saying: “"Anyway, it's been very nice talking to you, well it hasn't really been all that nice. I'm just kidding, but I need to run now."