Armstrong 'might take lie detector test'
Lance Armstrong's lawyer has revealed the cyclist might take a lie detector test in an attempt to prove he is innocent of doping allegations, but admitted few people would believe the results even if they showed he was telling the truth.
Armstrong has been labelled a "serial cheat" and a bully who led "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen" by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which has stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him from cycling for life.
Asked if the Texan would take a lie detector test, Armstrong's lawyer Tim Herman told 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "We might do that, you never know."
Asked what reason there could be for not submitting to a test, Herman added: "Because he's moved on. His name is never going to be clear with anyone beyond what it is today. People are fans, most of the people that I've talked to, this is their opinion, it is, 'We don't care whether he did or he didn't'."
Herman also claimed he would be keen for the 26 witnesses who testified against Armstrong to the USADA to take lie detector tests, saying: "A lie detector test properly administered, I'm a proponent of that frankly, just personally. I wouldn't challenge the results of a lie detector test with good equipment, properly administered by a qualified technician. That's a pretty simple answer."
USADA last week released their 'reasoned decision' behind their sanctions against him. They said the evidence against him was "beyond strong" and stretched to more than 1,000 pages.
Herman said: "I don't think that this report altered anyone's view, most people had staked out their position a long time ago about Lance. There are fans and there are haters."
Asked if he was saying all 26 witnesses, 11 of whom were former team-mates of Armstrong and who revealed their own doping past by testifying, were lying, Herman said: "No, I'm not, several of them are.
"I can tell you that many witnesses had contradictory stories to tell and Lance had incidentally over 600 fellow riders, team members, trainers, that sort of thing, in his career racing in Europe. Of those, I think 11 came forward, but many others would and have refuted many of the allegations.
"Why would (the witnesses) wait until now (to come forward)? Here's the answer. It's because for the most part they've been given sweetheart deals. They are supposed to be suspended for four years, they're not. They're suspended for six months commencing in September so they don't miss a single race."