Lance Armstrong’s lawyer revealed the only reason the Texan would refuse a lie detector test was because he had “moved on”.
Armstrong has been labelled a serial cheat and a bully who led “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen” by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which has stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him from cycling for life.
His lawyer Tim Herman said he would be keen for the 26 witnesses who testified against Armstrong to the USADA to take lie detector tests. “A lie detector test properly administered, I’m a proponent of that frankly, just personally,” he told Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme. I wouldn’t challenge the results of a lie detector test with good equipment, properly administered by a qualified technician. That’s a pretty simple answer.”
Asked if Armstrong would take a lie detector test himself, Herman said: “We might do that, you never know. I don’t know if we would or we wouldn’t. We might.”
Asked what reason there could be for not submitting to a test, Herman added: “Because he’s moved on. His name is never going to be clear with anyone beyond what it is today. People are fans, most of the people that I’ve talked to, this is their opinion, it is, ‘We don’t care whether he did or he didn’t’.”
Meanwhile in the wake of the revelations, Cycling Australia president Klaus Mueller admitted an amnesty must be considered to reveal this is just the tip of the iceberg.
“The material is coming out to suggest that certainly up until 2005, that there was certainly in some teams, systemic cheating,” Mueller said.
“That’s one of the factors we need to take into account in determining whether there ought to be an amnesty [for Australian cyclists].
“It would be conditional on any athlete to whom we give an amnesty coming clean [to] and disclosing all relevant issues in relation to his conduct... and the conduct of others.”
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