Lance Armstrong counsel Tim Herman, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart and ESPN senior writer Bonnie Ford and legal analyst Lester Munson appeared on the sports network’s “Outside the Lines” program Wednesday afternoon.
In an audio podcast of the program, Tygart outlined the USADA case against Lance Armstrong. Afterwards, Herman disputed the agency’s “Reasoned Decision,” claiming that the adjudication process for athletes was unfairly biased.
“The process is completely rigged. I don’t care what Travis Tygart says,” said Herman. “Christians dealing with the lions in Rome had a better record than athletes dealing with USADA. It’s a rigged system.”
Ford and Munson, who worked as an attorney for 18 years, addressed the case following Herman’s appearance on the program. Munson went so far as to call evidence that Armstrong tampered with witnesses as “powerful” and questioned the decision of the U.S. attorney to drop the federal investigation of Armstrong in February without pressing charges.
“My impression is that the three different categories of evidence that USADA is presenting here — the eyewitness accounts/affidavits of riders and team staff members, scientific evidence that includes mainly interpretation of data from old tests from the last 10 or 12 years, and financial documents — taken together, this is an incredibly, incredibly compelling case,” said Ford. “In fact, I would go so far as to say that anyone who dismisses all three of those categories of evidence and ignores the way they overlap and intersect over the last 14 to 16 years, anyone that doesn’t accept that Lance Armstrong crossed the line doesn’t want to know.”
“If you look at this evidence, if you look at these details, this is a much better report and an investigation far superior to the Mitchell Report, which looked into doping in baseball,” said Munson. “This is really good stuff that the USADA has put together; I am tremendously impressed.”
“There is no doubt in my mind that this is a very fair investigation,” Munson continued. “It has a wonderful integrity to it. To me, reading this evidence, it makes me wonder what was going through the mind of the United States attorney Andre Birotte when he somehow concluded that he would not pursue a criminal case against Lance Armstrong.”