Lance Armstrong 'We like our case' fraud lawsuit
Lance Armstrong on the $100 million fraud lawsuit against him: 'We like our case'
The former cyclist is feeling bullish.

DISGRACED FORMER CYCLIST Lance Armstrong, who is being sued by the US government in a $100 million fraud case, said in a podcast published this week that he likes his legal team’s defence.

“We like our case … we are confident in the case,” Armstrong said on the “Joe Rogan Experience” show.

Armstrong won a record seven Tour de France titles between 1999 and 2005, but he was stripped of his victories by the US Anti-Doping Agency in 2012.

The agency said the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team, led by Armstrong, “ran the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”

The case in question was brought about back in 2010 by Floyd Landis, Armstrong’s former teammate.

The US Department of Justice later joined the suit. As USA Today has reported, the government is “suing Armstrong on behalf of the U.S. Postal Service, which paid more than $30 million to sponsor his cycling team from 1998 to 2004.

“The government argues that Armstrong breached the team’s sponsorship contract by doping and then concealed it with false statements in order to keep the payments coming and avoid having to pay the money back,” USA Today reported.

Under the False Claims Act, he could be on the hook for triple damages near $100 million, with a chunk of it owed to former cyclist Floyd Landis as his reward for filing the case as a government whistleblower in 2010.”

During Tuesday’s wide-ranging conversation, which runs nearly two hours, Rogan asked Armstrong details about the ongoing lawsuit against him.

“You are accused of defrauding the federal government,” Rogan said. “Because you were riding for the US Postal Service and you won X amount of money during that the time, they can sue you for three times that money…

“How’s that going?” Rogan asked.

“You know, honestly, that’s the only active case,” Armstrong said, “so that one does get a little trickier to talk about, just from a… just because I don’t want to get crushed by my lawyers, but we like our case.

“We think that — we’re confident in the case. We believe that the Postal Service — while none of this story is, is… perfect — we believe that the Postal Service — and their own numbers support it — I mean, the Postal Service commissioned three separate studies to analyse the effect of the sponsorship on the team.


Source: Joe Rogan Experience’/YouTube

“We believe they made hundreds of millions of dollars. And we know that they were also using the team as a sales vehicle, so during the Tour, bringing over potential new clients…

“They were actually converting new business to the Postal Service. And we know that happened, and we know that it equaled a significant increase in revenue. So we like our case…

“And at this point, would I like to have all legal issues out of my life? Yes. But settlement’s not an option, and so we just have to fall back on what we think is the strength of the case.

“I’m not a lawyer… but it’s a ‘qui tam’ case, which is a false-claims case, and my view is — and I think it’s one that our side shares — is it’s about damages. Was the Postal Service damaged? And what can we prove to be the damages? If there are no damages, then I would like to think there is no case.

“But it is what it is. The federal government is interested, the Department of Justice is interested in the case, and I have no choice but to fight it. After the dozen previous lawsuits, I’m not in a position to really cut any more checks, so I’m in a position where I have to fight this one out.”

Back in 2010, Armstrong made similar comments about Landis’ doping allegations and before his infamous fall from grace, saying:

“We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility.”

Asked how he earns a living now, Armstrong said he still gives paid speeches and makes other appearances. He said he has investments that “help ease that pain.”

“But who knows what the future holds,” Armstrong added.

He still owns multimillion-dollar properties in Austin, Texas, and Aspen, Colorado.

Armstrong declined to comment for this story.

You can listen to the full podcast below (the part about the case begins about 1:14):

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