Lance Armstrong has to pay $10 million
Lance Armstrong was fined to pay $10 million to SCA Promotions, a Dallas sports company that paid him bonuses for each of seven Tour De France wins. That is the largest individual sanction in American judicial history. The story begun ten years ago, when Armstrong sued the company not paying the bonuses for Tour De France wins. SCA Promotions didn't pay the bonuses because it had suspicions he had doped. Lance Armstrong testified under oath in 2005 that he never took performance-enhancing drugs, so the company agreed to pay the cyclist bonuses in 2006 which was in the amount of $7.5 million. In 2013 the case was reopened when Armstrong admitted in the Oprah Winfrey show that he used performance-enhancing drugs and lied on the court in 2005 about the doping to protect him.
He said on the Oprah Winfrey show:
"I view this situation as one big lie I repeated a lot of times. I made those decisions, they were my mistake and I'm here to say sorry."
He admitted that doping was part of the process required to win seven consecutive titles at Tour De France from 1999 to 2005. He did not feel he was cheating and did not fear getting caught. His cancer fight in the middle of 90-ties was also reason for must win attitude on these races. He won the battle against cancer treatments, but probably was exhausted after surgeries and extensive chemotherapy and will not be able to win at road racing two years later without help of performance-enhancing drugs.
SCA filed a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong about a month later from that Oprah Winfrey show. The case ended on 4 February this year when the arbitration panel decided 2:1 in SCA's favor and ordered Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corp to pay SCA $10 million. The panel's decision was referred to the Texas 116th Civil District Court in Dallas on 16 February 2015 for confirmation. The president and founder of SCA, Bob Hamma is satisfied with the decision and said:
"We are very pleased with this result. It is hard to describe how much harm Lance Armstrong's web of lies caused SCA but this is a good first start towards repairing that damage."
Tim Herman, Armstrong's lawyer, believes that sanction is unprecedented, the ruling is contrary to Texas law and predicted it will be overturned by a judge.
Even the decision to take performance-enhancing drugs was convicted by his teammates, other sport players and public, brought a lot of problems in his career and personally, Lance Armstrong never regretted for that decision and answered that would probably dope again.
Armstrong has a mythic status as an American sports hero. Many are still admiring him, but the public opinion is divided now. However, all of them must agree with Texas' arbitration panel that wrote in its ruling that "Perjury must never be profitable."