Pros­e­cu­tors want info from Arm­strong case

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING - By Jim Vertuno

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in­ves­ti­gat­ing cheat­ing in pro­fes­sional cy­cling have sub­poe­naed doc­u­ments from a 2004 case in which a Texas com­pany tried to prove Lance Arm­strong used per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs.

Jef­frey Til­lot­son, the at­tor­ney who han­dled the case for Dal­las-based SCA Pro­mo­tions, said his of­fice will send the doc­u­ments to fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in Los An­ge­les.

The records in­clude de­po­si­tions from for­mer Tour de France win­ner Greg LeMond, ex-Arm­strong team­mate Frankie An­dreu and his wife, and tes­ti­mony from Arm­strong and his busi­ness as­so­ci­ates.

Arm­strong has not re­ceived any sub­poe­nas or of­fi­cial re-- quests from fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors, ac­cord­ing to his at­tor­ney, Bryan D. Daly.

“Truth­fully, I don’t have any idea how Lance Arm­strong fits into this whole thing,” Daly said. “Lance doesn’t want to be stuck in the mid­dle of a celebrity in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Arm­strong and SCA went to ar­bi­tra­tion af­ter the com­pany with­held a $5 mil­lion per­for­mance bonus it owed Arm­strong for his 2004 Tour de France win.

SCA had cited pub­lished al­le­ga­tions Arm­strong was dop­ing.

The cy­clist never has failed a drug test and has strongly de­nied all al­le­ga­tions he par­tic­i­pated in dop­ing.

The 2004 case ended with SCA pay­ing Arm­strong $7.5 mil­lion, cov­er­ing the orig­i­nal con­tract plus attorneys fees and in­ter­est. Sean Breen, one of Arm­strong’s attorneys in the SCA case, said most of the case tes­ti­mony al­ready had been leaked in re­cent years.

“There’s noth­ing in (the sub­poe­naed doc­u­ments) that hasn’t been re­leased or would sup­port any con­tention he was dop­ing or cheated,” Breen said.

The Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors’ in­ves­ti­ga­tion was spurred by more re­cent ac­cu­sa­tions from Floyd Lan­dis, Arm­strong’s for­mer team­mate on the U.S. Postal team. Arm­strong has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions and ques­tioned Lan­dis’ cred­i­bil­ity.

Lance Arm­strong won case against Dal­las firm in 2004.

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