Lance Armstrong could be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles but won’t likely face criminal charges or fines in a probe of new doping allegations, a sports law professor said Thursday.
The Washington Post broke the story on Wednesday that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency had written to Armstrong and others, saying blood samples taken from him in 2009 and 2010 — after he came out of retirement — were “fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.”
“All of his Tour de France victories would be at stake, he could lose them. However he’s not in any danger of being charged criminally or having to pay any fines, based on what we know,” University of Vermont sports law professor Michael McCann told AFP.
McCann is the director of the university’s Sports Law Institute and is a columnist for SportsIllustrated.com.
“This is more about a case that goes to his reputation rather than any type of criminal wrongdoing,” McCann said in an interview.
McCann noted that USADA, which is investigating Armstrong, “doesn’t have the power of indictment.”
And, he said, the U.S. Department of Justice is unlikely to reopen its two-year probe that ended in February without any criminal charges being brought. “I think that moment passed.”
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