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Lance Armstrong Lied About Donation Offer To Anti-Doping Authorities, Says Agency's Former Head

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Jan. 20 2013, Published 12:19 p.m. ET

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Lance Armstrong's blockbuster TV confessional still has people reeling, including the people who run the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

During his interview on the OWN channel last week, Armstrong denied that he or anyone associated with him had offered the agency a donation in the range of $200,000 to $250,000.

"Certainly I had no knowledge of that," Armstrong said. "But I've asked around. Did anybody? Not true."

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Terry Madden, who was the USADA's CEO from 2000-2007, calls that absolutely untrue.

He told the AP  an Armstrong rep approached the USADA's then-general counsel, Travis Tygart, with the offer.

"Then, 10 seconds later, because of our ethics, I told Travis to turn it down," Madden said. "We called back that representative and gave them our decision immediately."

Madden called the offer "very, very strange and it was such an easy decision for us. It's very clear, we cannot accept gifts from people we're either currently testing or would be testing in the future."

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As  has been reporting, Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and his Olympic bronze medal because of his now admitted use of performance enhancing drugs.

He still faces several lawsuits and a possible federal charges.


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