USADA: Lance at Center of Sport's 'Most Sophisticated' Doping Ring
Damning new report out today
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2012 10:54 AM CDT
FILE - This Sept. 5, 2012 file photo shows Tyler Hamilton, former teammate of Lance Armstrong.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

(Newser) – The US Anti-Doping Agency is releasing a damning report accusing cycling legend Lance Armstrong of being at the center of “the most sophisticated, professionalized, and successful doping program that sport has ever seen,” reports NBC News. The report amasses sworn testimony from 23 sources, including 12 of Armstrong's teammates and amounts to a summary of the facts the agency collected and used as the basis to strip him of his seven Tour de France titles. Armstrong's people are already playing defense, with one lawyer saying, “USADA, the prosecutor, now pretends to issue its own ‘reasoned decision,’ even though there was no judge, no jury, and no hearing."

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Oct 11, 2012 10:44 PM CDT
What seems to be lost in the confusion here is that all professional sports are tremendously unimportant. no matter how many points my favorite player scores, no matter how many races Armstrong won (w/ or w/out drugs) it doesn't make my life any better or worse. The same can be said for almost everybody else, unless they're directly involved, or bet on said athletic event. What pro athletes do for a living ranks well below in importance to what bag-boys do at the local grocery store. "Do you want fries with that?" is a far more pertinent question that anything ever asked on ESPN.
Oct 10, 2012 8:47 PM CDT
Yup so sophisticated that they can't find any REAL proof he did what they accuse him of, in spite of years of testing, and scrutiny. But he embarrassed the competition so he just HAS to be dirty
Oct 10, 2012 6:33 PM CDT
USADA said the evidence includes "direct documentary evidence including financial payments, emails, scientific data and laboratory test results that further prove the use, possession and distribution of performance enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong and confirm the disappointing truth about the deceptive activities of the USPS Team, a team that received tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars in funding." Its report was more than 1,000 pages long. No wonder Liestrong couldn't bear to hear all that evidence aired and obviously had no defence.