U.S. Anti Doping Agency Charges Lance Armstrong With Doping He Could Be Stripped Of His Seven Tour De France Titles!!!
Acclaimed champion and accused cheat, Lance Armstrong still hasn’t distanced himself from all those chasing after him.
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Lance Armstrong attends the 2012 Paris Roubaix cycle race from Compiegne to Roubaix on April 8, 2012 in Paris.
Lance Armstrong attends the 2012 Paris Roubaix cycle race from Compiegne to Roubaix on April 8, 2012 in Paris.
Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner who earlier this year saw a two-year federal investigation into his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs dropped without any charges being filed, has been thrown back into the spotlight of doping suspicions.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has formally charged Armstrong and five former members of his support staff — three doctors, a trainer and a team manager — of engaging in a massive doping conspiracy from 1998 to 2011.
Armstrong won the Tour de France seven consecutive times, from 1999 to 2005, becoming the idol of cycling fans and the hero of millions of fellow cancer survivors.
Armstrong: Key recent events
Allegations of performance-enhancing drug use followed Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong throughout his career and even after. A look at some of the recent developments:
May 2010: Floyd Landis, who won the Tour in 2006 but was stripped of the title for drug use, admits to cheating and accuses Armstrong of doping in a series of emails to sponsors and sports officials.
Summer-Fall 2010: Federal investigators call several prominent cyclists and others with Armstrong ties to testify before a Los Angeles-based grand jury probe into pro cycling. Armstrong’s lawyers complain about leaks to the media regarding witnesses.
November 2010: An American delegation including lead federal investigator Jeff Novitzky, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart, and prosecutor Doug Miller holds secret meetings in France with European authorities as part of the probe.
February 2011: Armstrong retires from cycling for the second and final time.
May 2011: Former Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton, a cyclist with a record of doping, tells “60 Minutes” that Armstrong took blood-booster EPO in the 1999 Tour and before the race in 2000 and 2001.
Feb. 4: Federal prosecutors announce they are closing their investigation of Armstrong without pressing charges. Tygart saysUSADA will continue to investigate.
June 13: USADA accuses Armstrong of doping, and charges his team manager, a team trainer and three doctors with being involved. Armstrong has until June 29 to respond.
Source: The Associated Press
Armstrong, 40, who retired from cycling last year, could have his Tour de France titles stripped as a result of the charges.
USADA, in a letter to Armstrong dated June 12, said it has compiled expansive evidence against him.
Armstrong fired back with a defiant denial of the charges, as has become his custom.
“These are the very same charges and the same witnesses that the Justice Department chose not to pursue after a two-year investigation,” Armstrong posted Wednesday to his more than 3.5 million followers on Twitter. “These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity.
“I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one.”
USADA’s letter includes previously unpublicized allegations against Armstrong, alleging blood samples taken from him in 2009 and 2010 were “fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.”
The letter says numerous riders with firsthand knowledge will testify that Armstrong used EPO, blood transfusions and testosterone and that he trafficked in those drugs and administered them to other cyclists from 1998 to 2005. Witnesses will also testify, the letter says, that Armstrong used human growth hormone before 1996.
USADA oversees anti-doping in U.S. Olympic sports. It can bring charges that lead to suspensions and rescinding of titles but has no authority to bring criminal charges.
The case now is forwarded to a USADA review board, which examines written material only and recommends whether or not to proceed with a hearing before an arbitration panel. Armstrong has until June 22 to supply written materials to the review board.
The letter to Armstrong says that if a hearing is held, it should take place by Nov. 1 but could occur before then, a person familiar with the case told USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity.
An arbitration panel independent of USADA — likely a three-person panel made up ofAAA, CAS and North American Court of Arbitration for Sport arbitrators — will rule on whether violations took place and, if so, what the punishment will be.
Travis Tygart, CEO of USADA, said in a statement that he will not comment on the evidence.
David Howman, director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which oversees USADA, declined to assess the strength of the evidence but told USA TODAY Sports, “I think it’s significant that it’s not an athlete alone being charged. It’s an athlete/entourage. I think the charge is significant.”
Armstrong has never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. This case is what is called non-analytical, because it is based on testimony, not lab results.
Howman, when asked if that makes the case against Armstrong weak, pointed to the sanctions against disgraced Olympic champion sprinter Marion Jones in a non-analytical case.
“There have been a lot of athletes who have faced sanctions through non-analytical evidence,” Howman said. “We do not rely on science only nowadays. You cannot accept that science alone will find those who might be breaching the rules. So this is not unusual. It’s something that’s becoming more normal and accepted.”
USADA’s letter and an earlier letter from one of Armstrong’s lawyers details the level of animosity that exists — and has for years — between USADA and Armstrong’s camp.
The USADA letter says that Armstrong’s team has engaged in an organized conspiracy to conceal and cover up doping conduct dating to 1999. It alleges a coverup took place and that it has witnesses who will prove “Lance Armstrong and other co-conspirators engaged in activities to conceal their conduct and mislead anti-doping authorities including … attempts to intimidate, discredit, silence and retaliate against witnesses.”
Last week, Armstrong’s lawyer, Robert Luskin, sent a letter to USADA declining the agency’s invitation to meet with Armstrong to discuss the allegations in person.
The June 8 letter, a copy of which was obtained by USA TODAY Sports, accuses USADA of conducting not an investigation but “a vendetta, which has nothing to do with learning the truth and everything to do with settling a score and garnering publicity at Lance’s expense.”
[NationalEnquirer] What straight, divorced father and former TV sitcom star – he’s since crashed and burned and is now trying for a comeback – had a memorable s*x party with multiple male esc*rts? The actor is known for his wild partying and ho*ker escapades, but he seems to have gotten bored with the ladies and is now into guys.
Controversial UT study on gay parenting sparks debate
A new UT study stating children with gay parents turn out resoundingly different than children with heterosexual, married parents has spurred LGBT advocates across the nation into the offensive.
Led by associate professor Mark Regnerus, the New Family Structures Study appeared in the June issue of Social Science Research and sought to answer the question, “How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships?” At the end of the study, Regnerus found that adult children who grew up with gay parents, particularly lesbian parents, fared worse socially, emotionally and in relationships than children who had married, heterosexual parents. One theme in the data was instability in LGBT households.
His findings sparked debate online Monday, and today four major LGBT organizations, the Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Marry group and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, issued a joint statement condemning Regnerus’ research for seeking to disparage LGBT parents.
“The paper is fundamentally flawed and intentionally misleading,” the statement read. “It doesn’t even measure what it claims to be measuring. Most of the children examined in the paper were not being raised by parents in a committed same-sex relationship, whereas the other children in the study were being raised in two-parent homes with straight parents.”
The Witherspoon Institute, a conservative research organization working to enhance public understanding of moral foundations, and the Bradley Foundation, which supports conservative principles and government, contributed funding to the New Family Structures study. In his findings, Regnerus said funding sources played no role in the study.
Regnerus and others in the UT Population Research Center, a research entity that focuses primarily on topics such as parenting, as well as partnering and human development, analyzed more than 15,000 people ages 18-39. Out of the total respondents, 248 indicated their mother or father had a same-sex relationship at some point while growing up.
In a piece for Slate, Regnerus pointed to findings in recent years suggesting homosexual parents are just as good as heterosexual married parents and in some studies, better. Regnerus said the drastic difference in his findings from those of other researchers was a result of better research methods, particularly his use of a random sampling approach rather than locating and surveying small minorities.
Regnerus said he is not claiming sexual orientation is at fault in these worse outcomes and does not know about any kids currently being raised by lesbian and gay parents.
“Their parents may be forging more stable relationships in an era that is more accepting and supportive of gay and lesbian couples,” Regnerus wrote. “But that is not the case among the previous generation, and thus social scientists, parents and advocates would do well from here forward to avoid simply assuming the kids are all right.”
Barbara Walters certainly knows Hugh Jackman is gay but he didn’ t actually deny his sexual orientation either in this clip. According to my sources, Hugh Jackman is not straight. My personal opinion is, Hugh Jackman is at least bisexual but he can’t come out because this would hurt his action film career.
Jackman is famous for his performances in the X Men and Wolverine movies. He decided to marry his beard Deborah Lee Furness to provide an illusion of heterosexuality. Although the general public believes society is more progressive, the truth is many movie fans don’t want A list male stars to be openly gay.
In fact, no A list male movie star has come out of the closet. By contrast, female stars like Angelina Jolie or Drew Barrymore say they are bisexual and nobody cares. The general public is apathetic when a female star comes out of the closet as bisexual or lesbian because it isn’t seen as a threat.
A decade ago, Walters asked Ricky Martin in an infamous interview if he was homosexual and Martin denied he was gay. However, two years ago Ricky Martin decided to come out of the closet. Some people might think Walters was out of line asking Hugh about his sexuality but she’s only doing her job.
ITN News: Stephen Lawrence Murder Trial Verdict Two White Men Convicted Of Murdering Black British Teenager.
I am not sure if people outside of the United Kingdom have heard about the Stephen Lawrence murder case? In the year 1993, an unarmed seventeen year old black British teenager Stephen Lawrence was brutally murdered by white male youths.
Stephen was waiting at a bus stop with a friend when he was stabbed to death. The Stephen Lawrence murder case shocked England and forced the British people to examine racism in British society. The Stephen Lawrence case forced the British police force to admit to racism within their ranks.
Finally in January 2012, due to the persistence of Stephen’s parents after eighteen long years they obtained justice. Two white men Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted of murdering Stephen. When I think of Stephen Lawrence if he were alive today he would still be a young man only in his thirties. Maybe Stephen would be married, have a wife and kids. A young life was extinguished due to bigotry and prejudice.
However, even though two white men were convicted of Stephen’s murder the other murderers are still at large. The British newspaper the Daily Mail published the photographs of all the white male suspects. The British public knows the identities of the other killers. Sadly, Stephen Lawrence parents divorced due to the grief and strain of the murder case. I commend Stephen’s parents for fighting so hard and courageously and challenging the racist British police force and justice system. Even though, Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted Stephen is still dead he’s never going to come back.
The Stephen Lawrence case is very similar to the Trayvon Martin tragedy taking place right now in America. Both Stephen and Travyon were unarmed black male teenagers, both were only seventeen when they were killed. I am disgusted by Fox News and numerous media outlets attempting to paint Travyon as a bad kid. Trayvon made mistakes in his young life but he did not deserve to die in cold blood. It is not surprising but still depressing how truly racist this world still is despite the progress of the civil rights movement.
George Zimmerman and his wife both lied to the judge about their finances which certainly hurts their credibility. I sincerely hope and pray it doesn’t take eighteen years for Trayvon Martin’s family to get justice for the murder of their son. I can’t imagine the grief, the pain, and feelings of despair that Travyon Martin’s parents are going through right now.