South Africa’s Ballz Radio has an interview with Phil Liggett. After yesterday’s send up of James Bond by Cipollini, now it’s the turn of the “voice of cycling” with explosive claims that secretive agents attempted to bribe and corrupt witness testimony against Lance Armstrong.
Again I come back, why is USADA which is really a nefarious locals drugs agency in the United States so intent?
Now I can tell you one thing. And I could prove it in SA but I, I went to, I met a chap who worked with Armstrong, err, on Saturday in Boulder Colorado. And he told me that he had a visit, two years ago, err to tell, and the question was, they were agents from a particular agency and, er, they said “will you tell us that Lance Armstrong took EPO? And we could assure that you will never want for money again“. That was his quote on Thursday and he told them in words I can’t put on radio what to do with that and they said “I think we’re talking to the wrong man” and they walked away.
As you can see, I’ve transcribed the words in full from around 12m30s. Liggett is on the record saying “agents” were approaching people linked to Armstrong and offering cash in exchange for testimony and by the sounds of it, not just a wad of bills but so much money that anyone accepting the corrupt deal would “never want for money.” This rules out literary agents.
The world is full of conspiracies and crackpots; the internet has clips of alien sightings and talking dogs. But Phil Liggett is labelled affectionately as “the voice of cycling”, he won a medal in July for covering the Tour de France forty times. As a commentator for major broadcasters like NBC Sports in the US, SBS in Australia and ITV in Britain he is relied on to convey the facts of a race. He is an authority on professional cycling and his words carry weight. As a pro broadcaster he’ll also know that going public with these explosive revelations is a serious matter. The kind of claim you need to substantiate if you go public.
I think these claims could be vital to Lance Armstrong’s defence. His legal team have tried to undermine USADA and he’s fought a strong PR campaign but this could give him the home run he needs to pull away from any embarrassing evidence that emerges. It’s unclear who these agents were working for but Liggett’s “chap” can probably clear this up. Witness tampering is a very serious offence and can be punished by very large fines and jail sentences. It’s surely not something you’d make up?
Regarding the identity of the dastardly witnesses, we can only assume they are the ones who have testified to USADA against Armstrong. They risk criminal prosecution and jail when Liggett and his single source emerge with evidence to support the incredible claim made on South African radio because they would be guilty of perjury and criminal conspiracy.
Evidence could be easy to track down. “Follow the money” as wire transfers can be traced and if Liggett’s hint is right any sudden increase in money should be obvious.
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