Armstrong tried to give $250,000 to USADA — USA Today
Former world champion Lance Armstrong, banned for life over a far-reaching doping conspiracy, attempted to give the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency a gift of $250,000 in 2004, according to a report to air Wednesday night on “60 Minutes Sports.” According to USA Today, USADA CEO Travis Tygart confirms the offer in an interview with CBS’ Scott Pelley.
“I was stunned,” Tygart says in the interview, according to USA Today. “It was clear — it was a clear conflict of interest for USADA. We had no hesitation in rejecting that offer.”
A similar donation — of $100,000 — to the UCI has become a point of contention in the governing body’s treatment of Armstrong and accusations surrounding his use of performance enhancing drugs.
Armstrong’s lawyer, Tim Herman, told USA Today on Tuesday that there was never a donation attempt from the cyclist.
“No truth to that story,” Herman told the newspaper. “First Lance heard of it was today. He never made any such contribution or suggestion.”