LONDON (AFP) — Lance Armstrong might be willing to take a lie detector test if those who accuse him of masterminding a years-long doping conspiracy would do likewise, the American’s lawyer suggested on Sunday.
Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and banned from the sport for life after the organization charged that he orchestrated the most sophisticated doping program ever seen.
But the Texan’s lawyer Tim Herman insists Armstrong would consider taking a lie detector test if the 26 witnesses who testified against him to the USADA would do the same.
“A lie detector test properly administered, I’m a proponent of that frankly, just personally,” Herman told BBC Radio Five’s Sportweek on Sunday.
“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.”
Pressed on whether Armstrong had any reason not to take 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 (who) 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.’”
USADA say its evidence against Armstrong is “beyond strong” and stretched to more than 1,000 pages, but Herman cast doubt on the 26 witnesses, 11 of whom were former teammates of Armstrong and who revealed their own doping past by testifying.
“I can tell you that many witnesses had contradictory stories to tell and Lance had incidentally over 600 fellow riders, team members, trainers, that sort of thing, in his career racing in Europe,” Herman said.
“Of those, I think 11 came forward, but many others would and have refuted many of the allegations.”
Armstrong declined to contest the charges in arbitration, and USADA subsequently issued a life ban and stripped him of his victories. The matter is now in the hands of the UCI, which has the right to appeal the ruling to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport.