The Justice Department announced Friday that it’ll be jumping in on the Lance Armstrong pig pile along with the US Anti-Doping Agency and sue Armstrong for roughly $30 million.
The U.S. government notified a federal court of its lawsuit on Friday, and the Justice Department indicated it believes it’s entitled to receive damages from Armstrong, since the USPS paid him at least $30 million in sponsorship fees—money that now looks like drug money, tainting the Post Office’s precious rep, according to the U.S.
Armstrong’s legal team says his doping didn’t harm the USPS and, in fact, the alignment made them big bucks, stating that “The Postal Services own studies show that the Service benefited tremendously from its sponsorship — benefits totaling more than $100 million.”
Also, they say there was nothing in Armstrong’s contract with the USPS that said he couldn’t use drugs.
I have no idea how you’d go about testing how many people used the USPS because of Lance Armstrong—but, whatever the case, the Justice Department isn’t satisfied, stating that, regardless of revenue realized, Armstrong had defrauded the government with his drug use.
The US Anti-Doping agency, in a letter to the Justice Department, said a that suit “in order to get to the bottom (or top) of this massive fraud would also be viewed by the press and public as necessary and legitimate.”
It’s not like $30 million is exactly going to put the USPS back in the black—they’re running billions in the red right now and announced this month they’ll cancel Saturday mail delivery by August. Still, they’ll probably take all the millions they can get.
Things just keep getting worse for Armstrong. If you somehow missed his interview with Oprah, watch the whole thing here.