Last summer, Lance Armstrong sat a few feet from me and said he would never “rat out” his friends by publicly revealing who had helped him dope and who had known about his doping. Not a chance. No way. The last thing he would ever do.
He simply said that “everybody” around him had known about his drug use, and that snitching on those closest to him would be a violation of his duty to be loyal to those who had been loyal to him.
If that was true — and, if the past is any indication, one can never be sure of the truth when talking to Armstrong — it must have been painful for him to turn on those friends late last year when he answered questions about his doping as part of a lawsuit.
Armstrong settled the suit, which was brought by an insurance company seeking to recover $3 million in bonuses it had paid him for winning three Tour de France titles. But before settling, he reluctantly submitted answers to 16 questions about his doping, and those answers became public Wednesday as part of another lawsuit in which Armstrong is a defendant.
In documents released as part of a whistleblower lawsuit, Lance Armstrong reveals for the first time that several key members of his cycling team knew or aided him in doping.
In those answers, first reported by USA Today, Armstrong did exactly what he told me he would never do: He named some names.
A sampling: Johan Bruyneel, his longtime team manager; Chris Carmichael, the coach who made a name for himself as Armstrong’s adviser; Michele Ferrari, Pedro Celaya, Luis Garcia del Moral — three doctors who worked either with Armstrong personally or for his United States Postal Service team; Pepe Martí, a former trainer; and Thom Weisel, who supported the team financially.