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If they are suing now for money paid athletes who were using Performance Enhancing Drugs, how can it not lead back to the NFL eventually?


Justice Department: Lance Armstrong was 'unjustly enriched'

By Andrew Rafferty, Staff Writer, NBC News


Lance Armstrong violated his contract with the U.S. Postal Service and "unjustly enriched" himself by cheating to win Tour de France titles, the Justice Department argued in a lawsuit against the cyclist filed on Tuesday.

The government announced in February it would join a federal whistle-blower lawsuit against Armstrong brought by the troubled athlete's former teammate Floyd Landis. Tuesday marked the deadline to file a formal complaint.

"Riders on the USPS-sponsored team, including Armstrong, knowingly caused material violations of the sponsorship agreements by regularly and systematically employing banned substances and methods to enhance their performance," the complaint says.

"Defendants were unjustly enriched to the extent of the payments and other benefits they received from the USPS, either directly or indirectly," the suit alleges.

An Armstrong attorney called the lawsuit "opportunistic and insincere" and said the Postal Service made money off the cyclist. "The U.S. Postal Service benefited tremendously from its sponsorship of the cycling team...The USPS was never the victim of fraud.  Lance Armstrong rode his heart out for the USPS team, and gave the brand tremendous exposure during the sponsorship years," Armstrong lawyer Elliot Peters said in a statement.

From 1998 to 2004 the Postal Service paid about $40 million to sponsor the team for which Armstrong won six of his seven Tour victories. In that same period the USPS paid Armstrong $17 million, according to the filing.

After years of publicly denying ever doping, Armstrong in January admitted to cheating while riding his way to victory on cycling's biggest stage.

The complaint relies heavily on evidence provided by Landis, the initial winner of the 2006 Tour who was stripped of his title after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. It chronicles instances where Armstrong and other members of the USPS team conspired to administer banned substances in ways that would help avoid detection.

Also named as defendants were former team Armstrong team director Johan Bruyneel and team management company Tailwind Sports.

The government must make the case that the Postal Service was not only defrauded, but also somehow damaged.

NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams contributed to this report



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If they successfully sue Armstrong, I think there will be.


In this age of Twitter and other things giving a greater look into our private lives than ever, these guys have a whole subterranean culture going on with this stuff.  That can't last.

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because they don't get paid by the federal gov't maybe ?


he had a contract with USPS


True enough, but in the legal world as well as the sports world, momentum seems to count.


Nobody could successfully sue the cigarette companies until someone did, then there were a lot of wins for plaintiffs.


If Armstrong gets sued successfully, I think it will come back on other sports.


If the union agreement forbids it, (I don't know if it does), then I think there will be a lot of pressure, from the public and elsewhere, to get that part out of any new agreement.

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