Lance Armstrong may have tried to soften his image with his nationally televised doping confession on Oprah, but he’s officially getting into more trouble, not less. Today’s latest Lance Armstrong news is that the U.S. Department of Justice will be joining a civil suit against Armstrong for his use of performance-enhancing drugs while on the U.S. Postal Service cycling team, pressing charges in hopes of getting up to $100 million from the former cyclist.
The federal government hasn’t made an official announcement, but a federal official anonymously told news outlets today that the government would be notifying the federal court of its intent to press charges today. They said that the DoJ will be joining a civil suit pressed by one of Armstrong’s former Tour de France teammates, Floyd Landis, which he originally pressed in 2010. Supposedly, their argument is that Armstrong’s use of performance-enhancing drugs violated his sponsorship agreement with the USPS cycling team, and the government should therefore get its money back.
Armstrong has gotten dropped by no fewer than seven major sponsors, including Nike and Anheuser-Busch, as a result of the USADA report that revealed he’d used several performance enhancing drugs over the course of his cycling career. He even had to resign from Livestrong, his own charity. But lawsuits like this could cause even further damage to his finances.
Do you think he deserves to be sued by the government? Or has he received enough punishment already?
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