Lance Armstrong’s lawyer suggested on BBC Radio 5 today that if the disgraced cycling champion takes a lie-detector test, then everyone who testified against him should take one, too.
Tim Herman said that Armstrong might be willing to take the test, although he realizes results would do little to change public perception.
“I wouldn't challenge a lie detector test, with good equipment, properly administered,” Herman said, according to Reuters.
“I don’t know if we would or we wouldn’t. We might.”
Armstrong’s reputation appears on verge of near complete collapse after the US Anti-Doping Agency released a 1,000-page report about the cycling champion’s drug use last week.
In it, 11 of Armstrong’s former teammates allege he was the mastermind to a sophisticated doping plan that eventually led to seven Tour de France titles.
USADA, which relied on evidence from 26 people, called it “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”
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Herman questioned the source of USADA’s evidence.
“Many witnesses have contradictory stories to tell,” Herman said, according to BBC. “Lance had over 600 fellow riders, team members (and) trainers in his career racing in Europe. Of those, 11 came forward.
“Many others would and have refuted many of the allegations. Other than Tyler Hamilton, Frankie Andreu, Floyd Landis and Jonathan Vaughters I’m not calling anyone a liar – but I am calling those four liars.”
More evidence surfaced after USADA released its report, with a former teammate’s wife blasting Armstrong as a bully who threatened her to keep quiet.
Betsy Andreu told the Mail on Sunday that she knew about Armstrong’s drug use for 16 years.
Her husband, Frankie, cycled with Armstrong on the US Postal Service Team in the 1990s.
“He was nice to me at first, but then I wouldn’t stay quiet, and that was a problem,” she said. “We knew Lance was a bully and the more money and power he got, the worse it became. He insulated himself and surrounded himself with ‘yes’ people.”
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