Update: Back in February, we noted that American hero-turned admitted cycling doper Lance Armstrong had hired Kobe Bryant's lawyer to defend him in a case that involved an Aspen car crash for which his girlfriend, Anna Hansen, had taken the blame even though he'd been behind the wheel at the time.
A few weeks later, Armstrong resolved the matter via a guilty plea sent by mail, along with a check for court costs and the like that came to $238.50. See our previous coverage about the latter below.
But if Armstrong thought the mailing resolved things, he thought wrong. The seemingly minor case could have major repercussions in regard to legal action taken against him by the U.S. government, which maintains that his doping during the period when he led the U.S. Postal Service cycling team — for which he was paid in the neighborhood of $30 million — constitutes civil fraud.
The story comes to us from USA Today, which obtained documents in which the feds responded to an effort by Armstrong's attorneys to prevent Hansen from testifying.
Team Armstrong maintains that Hansen knows nothing about the matters for which the government is suing Armstrong. But according to the document, the feds believe Hansen should be quizzed owing to her "knowledge of instances relevant to Armstrong's character for untruthfulness" — and they specifically cite the Aspen incident.
"For example, Hansen has admitted to conspiring with Armstrong to lie to Colorado police officers in the hope that Armstrong could avoid liability for a late-night automobile collision with a parked car," the document states. "Additionally, any knowledge Hansen has concerning other instances of Armstrong's untruthfulness, including about his doping activities and concealment campaign, are properly discoverable."
The Aspen incident is hardly the only Colorado connection to the government's case against Armstrong. USA Today notes that longtime Boulderite and onetime Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton recently testified against him, sharing many of the stories he first told 60 Minutes in 2011, long before Armstrong came clean — or at least cleaner.
Look below to see an excerpt from Hamilton's 60 Minutes segment, plus a bonus clip from CBS' coverage. That's followed by our most recent post about Armstrong's Aspen shenanigans, including photos from the scene and more.
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