Judge Dismisses Lance Armstrong’s Case Against The USADA

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Yesterday I posted the story about Lance Armstrong filing a legal suit against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in an attempt to block the organization’s attempts to move forward with charges against the former pro cyclist. Turns out Armstrong’s case didn’t hold up for very long, as the judge reviewing the filing tossed it out within a matter of hours.

United States District Court Judge Sam Sparks took Armstrong’s legal team to task for filing a complaint that was filled with inflammatory language designed to generate media attention (Ha!) and allegations that were completely irrelevant to the case. Sparks went on to say, “This court is not inclined to indulge Armstrong’s desire for publicity, self-aggrandizement or vilification of Defendants, by sifting through 80 mostly unnecessary pages in search of the few kernels of factual material relevant to his claims.”

Pretty strong words from the judge and I applaud him for taking this stance. It’s hardly the end of the story however as Lance and his lawyers can refile the case in another 20 days. I’m guessing we can expect an edited version with more direct language at that time.

I think I mentioned yesterday that this was going to get really ugly. Looks like we’re just beginning to see where this will all lead.

Kraig Becker