Armstrong won't interview with USADA
By Jim Vertuno ,APAUSTIN, Texas -- Lance Armstrong will not interview under oath with the agency that exposed his doping and took his seven Tour de France titles.
February 22, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) told Armstrong he would have to reveal all he knows about doping in cycling — a process officials expected would take several days — if he wanted to reduce his lifetime ban from sports.
Wednesday was the latest deadline for Armstrong to decide on the USADA's offer. After negotiating with the agency for two months, the disgraced cyclist refused.
Armstrong attorney Tim Herman said Armstrong “will not participate in USADA's efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonize selected individuals while failing to address the 95 percent of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction.”
USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said the agency had expected Armstrong would agree to talk and would be “moving on” without him.
“Over the last few weeks he has led us to believe that he wanted to come in and assist USADA, but was worried of potential criminal and civil liability if he did so,” Tygart said. “Today we learned from the media that Mr. Armstrong is choosing not to come in and be truthful and that he will not take the opportunity to work toward righting his wrongs in sport.”
Herman has said Armstrong is willing to participate in an international effort to clean up cycling, an effort that has broken down in spats between the International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency.
“He will be the first man through the door, and once inside will answer every question, at an international tribunal formed to comprehensively address pro cycling, an almost exclusively European sport,” Herman said.
For more than a decade, Armstrong denied using performance-enhancing drugs. But last year, the USADA released a report that detailed extensive doping on his Tour-winning teams and stripped him of those victories. Armstrong then admitted last month that he doped to win those races.
Tygart has accused Armstrong of lying in portions of that interview, most notably Armstrong's claim that he raced clean when he came out of retirement in 2009-10. The USADA's report says blood evidence shows Armstrong cheated during his comeback.
The USADA also wants to question Armstrong under oath about whether cycling officials helped him cover up positive drug tests during his career, charges he continues to deny.