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U.S. sues disgraced cyclist Armstrong for sponsor money Reuters
Yahoo Reuters ^ | 2.22 | (Additional reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Peter Cooney and Jackie Frank)

Posted on 02/23/2013 11:42:36 PM PST by ExxonPatrolUs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States accused cyclist Lance Armstrong on Friday of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service by taking its sponsorship money at the same time he was doping and using performance-enhancing drugs in violation of cycling rules.

The government joined a civil suit against Armstrong, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from cycling in 2012 after accusations he had cheated for years. In January, he said the accusations were true in an interview with television host Oprah Winfrey.

A battle with the U.S. government over civil fraud charges threatens to sap what remains of the once-revered athlete's reputation, and hurt his wallet.

Armstrong and his teammates from Tailwind Sports wore the logo of the U.S. Postal Service during their record-breaking wins.

"This lawsuit is designed to help the Postal Service recoup the tens of millions of dollars it paid out to the Tailwind cycling team based on years of broken promises," Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., said in a statement.

The sponsorship money totaled more than $30 million, the government said.

Armstrong plans to contest the suit because the Postal Service was not actually damaged, his lawyer, Robert Luskin, said.

"The Postal Service's own studies show that the service benefited tremendously from its sponsorship - benefits totaling more than $100 million," the lawyer said in a statement.

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1 posted on 02/23/2013 11:42:47 PM PST by ExxonPatrolUs
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
It's no surprise that all this is happening under Obama. I've never been a BIG fan of this Armstrong guy (as far as I know he's probably a liberal - spending so much time in Europe and all) but he also represents two things that Obama does not, he's American and a "winner".

This American "champion" has survived all the scrutiny over the years until now.

Everything Obama touches goes bad. He's done NOTHING - not one thing to make America look good.


www.cafenetamerica.com

2 posted on 02/23/2013 11:52:59 PM PST by tsowellfan
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Another sociopath falls.


3 posted on 02/23/2013 11:59:25 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: tsowellfan

Armstrong signed up for every Tour de Lancet all on his own.

“Winner” = death by a thousand lawsuits.

Obama the “winner” also has spent years staying at the top of his chosen sport by cheating. Might be a lesson for the One in all of this. Doubt he’d get it, though. Even Oprah would probably shun him.


5 posted on 02/24/2013 12:14:28 AM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: ansel12

Yep thats the fact that most people miss. Armstrong has all of the behaviors of a sociopath..


6 posted on 02/24/2013 12:25:03 AM PST by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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To: ColdSteelTalon

>> Armstrong has all of the behaviors of a sociopath..

Armstrong 2016!


7 posted on 02/24/2013 12:26:40 AM PST by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: Gene Eric

Riiiiight....


8 posted on 02/24/2013 12:27:59 AM PST by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
Never cared for 2 wheels. Then when I saw public tax dollars at work for a bike race.....Well F that!

I pay for my hobby!!!! I don't need a chimp to tell me the rules!!!!!!!!!

9 posted on 02/24/2013 12:32:06 AM PST by BOOHA
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To: BOOHA

TTT and stashed!


10 posted on 02/24/2013 12:34:10 AM PST by BOOHA
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To: Gene Eric

keyboard spew alert


11 posted on 02/24/2013 1:00:21 AM PST by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: Bobalu
They got good return for their money.

Yup. I find it hard to see how Armstrong can be show as damaging the post office.

12 posted on 02/24/2013 2:29:51 AM PST by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Well I’m glad we have the money to spare so we can take this dangerous criminal down.


13 posted on 02/24/2013 3:00:29 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

I’m with the lying cheater on this. The Postal Service was not harmed by this fraud. I don’t know why an endorsement from even an honest bicyclist would affect decisions on whether to mail a letter or package, but the dishonesty was discovered so long after the fact that it cannot be a factor. As with most civil lawsuits, this is frivolous.


14 posted on 02/24/2013 3:15:03 AM PST by Pollster1
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To: Bobalu

I think LA is an ass, and deserves a lotta grief. But...

but my first thought was countersue. HARD. When he was under contract, he delivered. That NOW he is found to be a cheater back then, well that does not alter/remove/invalidate the benefit the USPS and everyone got from association at the time. Nor will it ever.

And I hope this disuades any other famous person from promoting the govt., for money or otherwise. Because obviously they will sue you later if they think they can get their money back...and keep the benefit YOU (celebs/athletes) provided.

Welcome to a Dictatorship, Soviet style. Soon, Lance will be digitally removed from all media/pix/stories etc.


15 posted on 02/24/2013 3:18:29 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Tight spandex, a funny looking helmet and a faggy bicycle = over 30 million bucks?


16 posted on 02/24/2013 3:22:02 AM PST by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

As much as an Austin Liberal Douche Armstrong was.....if the postal service own study showed it benefitted sponsoring Armstrong.....their claims should be thrown out of court. If not.....then the judge in the case will be in on the fix. Its pretty basic legal precedent that in order to claim damages....there must be damages


17 posted on 02/24/2013 3:27:48 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: tsowellfan
he's American and a "winner" "cheat (and criminal).
18 posted on 02/24/2013 3:29:14 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Fzob
I find it hard to see how Armstrong can be show as damaging the post office.

If (and it's a big "if"), the contract had some sort of a morals clause that is shown to include illegal drug use, then his use of drugs is a breach. There is no "I made you better off than the alternative" defense to breach of contract.

19 posted on 02/24/2013 3:33:42 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Norm Lenhart

The guy is not even near the level of a cheat and fraud like the current CIC. Why don’t we see them demonize him? Sure Lance cheated by using performance enhancing drugs. No other athlete has ever done that in the history of sports, right?.../s

They’re pouring it on a little thick IMO. Lance is just another whipping boy that’s newsworthy and the MSM are like the little nerds that used to get weenies and are just exacting their revenge against another jock...lol


20 posted on 02/24/2013 3:41:36 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Norm Lenhart

The guy is not even near the level of a cheat and fraud like the current CIC. Why don’t we see them demonize him? Sure Lance cheated by using performance enhancing drugs. No other athlete has ever done that in the history of sports, right?.../s

They’re pouring it on a little thick IMO. Lance is just another whipping boy that’s newsworthy and the MSM are like the little nerds that used to get wedgies and are just exacting their revenge against another jock...lol

#%! autocorrect!


21 posted on 02/24/2013 3:42:31 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

Oh I’m sure a bunch of them got and continue to get ‘weenies’. Hell, there are plenty of court cases to ensure free and profitable access to more...of all ages and without regard to color or creed.


22 posted on 02/24/2013 3:58:47 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Pollster1

The bigger problem is government transfer payments. Why should the Army sponsor NASCAR or the USPS sponsor a bicyclist? Keep stretching this back to its original bad idea and you’ve rolled up the big government lie.


23 posted on 02/24/2013 4:47:41 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1rudeboy
he's American and a "winner" "cheat (and criminal).

Well, yeah. That's why I put the quotation marks around winner.

24 posted on 02/24/2013 5:56:10 AM PST by tsowellfan
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

“The government joined a civil suit against Armstrong”

History will dub the Federal Government’s pursuit of Armstrong for FRAUD- and the media’s ravaging - pale foreshadowing of what happens to a.k.a. Obama.

There is no voter, no election, no state, no government office that “Obama” has not defrauded with his synthetic identity [alias], manufactured family-of-origin, fraudulent family history, and forged identity documents.

Oh, how he yearned to be historic. And so he will be - but NOT in the manner he imagined.


25 posted on 02/24/2013 6:23:09 AM PST by MarthaT (http://terribletruth.marthatrowbridgeradio.org)
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To: tsowellfan

“a “winner” “cheat (and criminal).”

Exactly what America will discover about the 2012 Election Heist. “Obama” did not win. Nor did he in 2008 - though the fraud was less dramatic.

http://citizensbureauofinvestigation.org/wordpress/2012/11/10/old-models-of-voter-fraud-detection-ignore-the-main-crime-scene/


26 posted on 02/24/2013 6:51:15 AM PST by MarthaT (http://terribletruth.marthatrowbridgeradio.org)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
It's not about cheating. It's about WHO is allowed to cheat.

Allowed cheaters:

1. Democrat politicians & activists.
2. Anyone who criticizes Bush.
3. Any government agency.
4. Welfare recipients.
5. African dictators.
6. Anyone from Haiti.
7. Muslims.

Those not allowed to cheat:

1. White males, unless registered Democrat.
2. White females, unless registered Democrat or sleeps with known liberal Democrat.
3. White children.
4. White dogs and cats.
5. White anything, unless owned (or pwned) by Democrats.
6. Any Bible-based belief person. Must be completely sinless like Jesus.
7. Anyone who criticizes Obama.

Feel free to edit either list.

27 posted on 02/24/2013 6:58:18 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

If Lance were one of Eric Holder’s people he’d be in the clear.


28 posted on 02/24/2013 7:50:44 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

This is why I was shocked that he would ever confess. It was clear to me that the downside risk of lawsuits would outweigh the benefit of possibly getting back into some sports.

But has the government sued any OTHER dopers on the team? In this case, they are actually JOINING a lawsuit with a known doper. Why aren’t the suing Landis?

Anyway, I think they should have trouble claiming damage.

Because Armstrong WON, they got lots of publicity. I don’t know how that helped the USPS deliver more mail, but it certainly didn’t HURT them.

And they aren’t at all associated with him NOW. And nobody is going to stop sending mail because they are disgusted with Armstrong.


29 posted on 02/24/2013 8:58:48 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

For conservatives it is still about cheating.


30 posted on 02/24/2013 9:54:30 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
U.S. sues disgraced cyclist Armstrong

What a Wonderful World!

31 posted on 02/24/2013 10:00:21 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

After the first ever tour de france when a guy on a recumbent bike beat everybody, they banned recumbent bicycles.

Pansies all of them.

Yes I own a custom-built recumbent bike.


32 posted on 02/24/2013 11:27:19 AM PST by bicyclerepair (Zombies Eat Brains. Half of FL is safe.)
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