Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 10/30/14
He no longer is referred to as the 7-time Tour de France champion, but Lance Armstrong is about to return the nearly $12 million in bonus money that he “won.” Armstrong is refusing to return the money that came along with this tainted victories in 2002-2004, according to a USA Today report. The company that paid the bonuses said it expects to file a lawsuit against Armstrong this week to get its money back. But Armstrong’s attorney, Tim Herman, sees it differently. He compared the situation to other sports figures who were suspended for various infractions but did not have to give back their paychecks. “My only point is no athlete ever, to my understanding, has ever gone back and paid back his compensation,” Herman said. “Not (New Orleans Saints coach) Sean Payton or anybody else. They were suspended, but nobody said you’ve got to give your paycheck back.” Yeah, because these are exactly the same two things. First of all, the Saints never requested that Payton return his money. Tailwind Sports, the owner of Armstong’s cycling team, built the bonuses into Armstrong’s deal. The team actually withheld some of the money, following his 2004 win, when suspicions arose that [...]
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