Friday, October 11, 2013

Book says Sheryl Crow witnessed Lance Armstrong doping

It's long been wondered if musician Sheryl Crow witnessed Lance Armstrong doping at any time during their relationship.  The answer, USA Today said on Thursday, is yes.

The information actually comes via two Wall Street Journal reporters, Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell, in their new book, "Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever." That book is set to launch into retail stores on Oct. 15.

The authors wrote:
Rather than try to hide the transfusion from her, Armstrong was completely open about it. He trusted that Crow would have no desire to tell the press or anyone else about the team's doping program. He explained that it was simply part of the sport -- that all cyclists were doing the same thing.
Crow and Armstrong were briefly engaged, but broke up in 2006. Crow Later told federal investigators about what she'd seen, according to the book.

Armstrong, after years of denials and legal threats against any who claimed he doped, recently came clean to Oprah Winfrey. The Justice Department is currently suing Armstrong as well as several members of his inner circle.

The lawsuit aims to recover some or all of the the tens of millions of dollars that the the U.S. Postal Service paid to Armstrong and his teams when they sponsored him.

The lawsuit, as detailed in a DOJ press release, was filed under the False Claims Act, "which imposes liability on those who submit false claims for government funds, and provides for the recovery of three times the government’s damages, plus civil penalties."

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