Justice Department joins Armstrong suit
February 22nd, 2013
01:21 PM ET

Justice Department joins Armstrong suit

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined a whistle-blower lawsuit against cyclist Lance Armstrong that was originally filed by a former teammate, an attorney for Armstrong said Friday.

Former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after failing a drug test, filed a suit in 2010 against their former team, which was sponsored the U.S. Postal Service.

The lawsuit accused the team's former management of defrauding the government of millions of dollars because the team management knew about team members' drug use and didn't do anything.

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  1. cbtx67

    Ya know, if I were Lance Armstrong, I would seriously consider either offin myself, or growing my hair out long and doing missionary work in the Amazon or Cambodia and fade into obscurity.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Or he could claim to be a Democrat and strong Obama ally and it all goes away.

      February 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • James PDX

      Nice job, Brian. Let's tie a cheating and lying cyclist getting his just due to partisan politics. Surely we must take every opportunity to further divide America we can find, no matter how far we have to reach.

      February 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      @Brian

      Give it a rest. You guys lost the election, get over it already.

      February 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fayray11

    the budget problem has been solved as soon as the US takes Armstrong for all he's worth.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Z-Man

    When can we as American taxpayers join in a suit against congress for not doing their jobs? Both the house and the senate are on vacation while the nation teeters on the brink of the most massive spending cuts in American history. Seems like they should all be punished as well...

    February 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • phred

      Excellent point.

      February 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • James PDX

      Maybe if Congress took some PEDs, instead of just taking our money, those criminals might finally get something done.

      February 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • I Call BS

      Better yet, sue Obama for bankrupting this country. Idiots like you should spend some time reading before opening your pie hole. Get a job, work hard, make a million and stop whining.

      February 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    At some point LA needs to make sure his remaining millions are safely tucked away overseas. Might even look at becoming an ex-pat and a new citizen somewhere else. This is nothing more than all disgruntled parties ganging up and trying to make him go broke. Hero or villian, he's a faded star who will matter less and less as time goes by.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Seriously

    The government is wasting more tax money on this case? This is unbelievable.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. scmtns

    Don't you dare become successful in this country. The government will take you down and make an example of you.

    Bow to your socialist overlords.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • James PDX

      What a stupid and out of context post. The man is an admitted liar and a criminal who has caused harm to others just to keep his lies alive. All of his gains are ill-gotten. Before he started taking PEDs, he was just another poor athlete.

      February 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tucker

      Um no, he took many down on his way up while lying and suing. This is called karma. Get a grip.

      February 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • observer1959

      Cheating and stealing money is what you consider successful?

      February 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SCBAMA

    Another bunch of racist trying to keep the white man down.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • James PDX

      The lying, cheating white man, you mean.

      February 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jamesww7

    Does anyone seriously believe that the Postal Service has been harmed by Lance? They are shooting themselves in the foot on a daily basis. Did anyone not mail a letter because of Lance? This is truly a case where time, money and focus are being wasted. The DOJ does not go after big banks and those who cost the country trillions, but rather someone who by their own admission gained them $100M of publicity.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tally

    "The Postal Service's own studies show that the service benefited tremendously from its sponsorship – benefits totaling more than $100 million."

    How can you defraud someone by making them a profit?

    February 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. I Call BS

    Another bankrupt government agency trying desperately to take away money from anybody.. USPS is dying and I could not be any happier.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rhope

    Poor man.
    I hope someone is reaching out to him... It is stuff like this that cause people to take their lives.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. End the hate

    Lol

    February 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mechanicalpulse

    This is all incredibly stupid. Is this the government's last-ditch plan to save the USPS? Eric Holder should be stripped of his position as Attorney General.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 1LT Austin

    Boooooo

    February 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Matt

    At least try a quick proofread, please. "...which was sponsored [by] the U.S. Postal Service." "That stripping game [came] after a damning report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency..." Seriously, CNN?

    February 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
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