Armstrong’s lawyer says he could use a lie detector to clear name over doping charges

Julian Harris
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FORMER champion cyclist Lance Armstrong could be prepared to take a lie detector test in a bid to refute doping charges, his lawyer claimed yesterday.

Armstrong was accused of being a “serial cheat” by a damning report released by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) last week.

But his lawyer, Tim Herman, said that he was “a proponent, personally” of using lie detector tests under such circumstances.

“I wouldn’t challenge the results of a lie detector test with good equipment, properly administered,” he said.

“We might do that [have Armstrong take a lie detector test],” he added. “You never know. I don’t know if we would or we wouldn’t – we might.”

After the USADA report cited 26 witnesses in its claims against the former seven times Tour de France winner – now stripped of his titles – Herman questioned the timing of their statements.

“Why would they wait until now? For the most part they’ve been given sweetheart deals,” Herman said. “They are supposed to be suspended for four years, [but] they’re not – they’re suspended for six months commencing in September so they don’t miss a single race. All very alluring reasons why they come forward now.”